I'm out of the office and blogging from queue until I've saved the parallel dimension where I've gone on a quest. There'll be some posts: lots of quotes, some personal stuff I've had saved in drafts because I was too lazy to finish them, and a couple other things. Never fear - or do fear, maybe you're terrified of my blogging, though I hope note - I will return to my regular blogging sometime mid-August. For those of you checking out this blog for the first time, there's normally a lot more fandom - Supernatural, Welcome to Night Vale, Doctor Who, and more - in addition to the Shakespeare quotes and personal movie reviews.

So, this exists. And is wonderful. And indescribable.

Return to the Forbidden Planet is a musical (very) loosely based on the plot of Shakespeare’s Tempest, set in outer space. It draws inspiration from shows such as Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica, and all of the music is 50’s rock. Roughly 90% of the text (non-music text, that is) is Shakespeare or ‘Makespeare,’ lines from Shakespeare that have been altered to be funny or better suit the story. The American Shakespeare Center is performing it at the Blackfriar’s Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia through the fall, and if you are going to be anywhere nearby, GO because you will fall out of your seat with laughter and come out not really sure what you have seen, but very, very, very happy and entertained.

As a side note for you theatre folks, although the music is written to be done by an orchestra with electric instruments, the ASC has no orchestra and no pit, so the actors play all of the instruments themselves, most of the time doing so on stage while providing backup vocals to the soloist of the songs. In addition, in keeping with their philosophy, the ASC never uses electricity (they “Do it with the lights on” - there are no stage lights for their performances), so all of the instruments are acoustic AND there are no microphones. Not floor mikes and certainly not personal ones. But you can still hear the actors over the music and everything. Next time you complain about the difficulties of projection, think about that.

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