Thomasina in Tom Stoppard's mind bending time warping play, ARCADIA, observes that when you stir rasberry jam into vanilla pudding it will first swirl in streaks but ultimately will turn the entire pudding pink. If you stir the pudding in the opposite direction, the jam will not separate back out again.
--LIFE MOVES ONLY FORWARD--NEVER BACK!--
Saturday, December 07, 2013
A Play Identification Quiz
Last week Sue Van Kirk, a good friend, budding author, and former literature teacher
challenged us us
to identify a list ofmajor novels based
only on their first sentences.
Here's Sue chowing down at her favorite Phoenix eatery.
implied that the well read among us would have no trouble doing this and
pronounced that it would take 13 out of the 15 to earn an “A” grade from her.Surely, I thought, Ms. Van Kirk and her
friends would also score well on identifying the following major works of
dramatic literature based on their first lines.
directed nine of them and have taught them all at some point in time.Many are iconic works in the canon and should
not push you too hard; others may stretch you a bit.One final hint.None are musicals, which is no surprise to
anyone who knows me.
1.“Nothing to be done.”
music be the food of love, play on.”
I have tricks in my pocket; I have things up my sleeve.”
youngest brood of Cadmus the Old, why do you sit here with branches in your
hand while the air is heavy with lament?”
5.“The train’s in, thank God. What time is it?”
that you Petey?”
my word, I don’t think they are even up yet.”
pray you all give your audience and hear this matter with reverence, by figure
a moral play.”
11.“Oh God for an end to this weary work; a year
long I have watched here--head on arm.”
12.“Jesus H. Christ!”
fair Hippolyta our nuptial hour draws on apace.”
one particular horse, called Nugget, he embraces . . .”
what is carnal embrace?”
No Peeking now until you have finished.
I’m an easier grader than Sue so My grading scale: 13-15
Right– ”A” You are a dramaturgical scholar of the first order. Take a solo call in front of the curtain. 10-12 Right– “B” Almost at
the top.When I went to school this was
still considered an excellent grade. Take a solo bow during the cast call. 9-11 Right“C” You probably didn’t take my theatre history sequence but still a
respectable showing. You're at least in the cast call. 7-8 Right– “D” Not
everyone sees or reads classic world drama. As Sue suggested you might try another field. We may still let you pull the curtain and put your name in the program. Below 7 Right–”F” Your theatre chops are below par. Get thee back to a viewing and/or reading
regimen before you try out for Jeopardy. .
Answers: 1 Samuel
Beckett Waiting for Godot2
Wiliam Shakespeare Twelfth Night 3 Tennessee Williams The Glass
Menagerie 4 Sophocles Oedipus Rex 5 Anton Chekov The Cherry
Orchard 6 Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman (If you missed this one your are truly in need of further instruction) 7 William Shakespeare Hamlet8 Harold Pinter The Birthday Party 9
Henrik Ibsen Hedda Gabler10Everyman11 Aeschylus Agamemnon12 Edward Albee Who’s Afraid of Virginia
Woolf13William Shakespeare A Midsummer Night’s
Dream14Peter Shaffer Equus15Tom