Why I didn't post a time travel review today-- Macbeth, performed by ensembles from 18 schools

Just got back from watching a performance of Macbeth, performed by kids from 18 different schools from around my city. There were at least 30 different Macbeths, sometimes as many as five on stage at once....and some scenes were funny, and some moving, and some (like my son's scene--he was McDuff's son) were utterly brilliant. Or would have been, had he not had his back to the audience for one key line. Still, he did an excellent job being a smart alack to his mother.... almost as if he had had practice.

Happily, the Edwardian news boy hat we bought at a Steampunk festival a little while back was perfect for his role, and he was smothered by it most realistically at the end of the scene.

It's been about thirty years since I read or saw Macbeth, and (bringing this post on to bookish topicness), I was pleased to hear two quotes I recognized from books--"thou cream-faced loon" and "What, all my pretty chickens and their dam?" (although I don't remember the character quoting the later using "pretty.") I'm not saying what books they're from, in case anyone wants to play along at home...


  1. The line before that pretty chickens one on in Macbeth is hilarious - "Oh, hell-kite!" is a swearing phrase I shall endeavor to inject into conversation soon.

    Also, "The devil damn thee black" is an interesting phrase. We did The Scottish Play in grad school so it's been not that long for me... The Scottish Play at a woman's college was doubly hilarious, as we played all the parts in as grand a way as possible. I'm glad that the smothering went well!!

  2. "All my pretty chickens and their dam" is quoted by Lord Peter Wimsey in "Busman's Honeymoon." =)

    1. Yes! I love that book...If I could banter eruditly half as well as Peter and Harriet, I'd be happy.

      The second qoute, by the way, is Mona to Rush, in, I think, Then There were Five.

    2. Oh, me too - but even when I do banter eruditely, no one else joins in!
      And we just read "Then There Were Five" as a read-aloud so I should have gotten that one.

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