Question for a Friday : Which play spans the longest amount of time on stage? Stories and flashbacky sorts of things about what once happened don't count, I mean "In Act 1 scene 1 the time is X, and in Act 5 the time is X + a whole bunch." Does Winter's Tale win, where Time "slides o'er sixteen years"?
On the flip side, which play takes the shortest amount of time? Doesn't The Tempest span just as couple of hours, from the time of the shipwreck to the time of reuniting?