For you lovers of Shakespeare out there

 

Thisbe at the Wall, by John William Waterhouse

 

A few minutes of high culture:  The rude “mechanicals” perform the story of Pyramis and Thisbe in this excerpt from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  I’m so ridiculously old that I actually still remember seeing this 1964 rendition, with its notable cast, on television:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhP6qVZ9Vxo

 

With the hamming-it-up, the catcalls, and the audience participation, this performance may actually be closer to what happened at the Globe Theatre than what often happens on our more solemn and august stages today.

 

 

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