We ended up with something of a quality theme this week, so I’ve got one more to round it out.
Could you watch Hamlet 30 times? Or any play? I expect you probably could. Because it’s different every time, and we’re all fascinated by what each new production will bring to the table.
Say that a really awesome cable network is running a different version of Midsummer, every night for a week (or more). If you’re like me, you try to catch them all (assuming, of course, that you haven’t seen them all already to the point where you’re bored. Humor me.)
Now what if they’re showing the exact same version every day for a week? How many times do you watch?
Thought exercises like this are tricky in the days of “buy the DVD”, but hopefully you get my point. Shakespeare’s words are frozen in time, but performance is not. Thus we have an infinite variety to go enjoy. But what if you took a single performance and froze it in time? How would it stand up?
This is not a Shakespeare specific question, of course. You may have The Godfather, or Lord of the Rings, on DVD sitting in your collection right now. And we’ll all agree those are very good movies. But when’s the last time you watched them? What made you stop? When did you decide you’d had enough?