The Would-Be Post
April 15, 2011 § 3 Comments
So…Robert and I were going to go see a new, “butchered,” musical version of Hamlet at the university tonight. Oh, don’t worry. It’s been advertising itself as a butchered Hamlet–the show’s only 90 minutes!
When we arrived at the university theatre, though, they had a super-long waiting list…all other tickets were sold out. The trick with going to see a show as a student is that students aren’t allowed to reserve tickets online or by the phone. So if you’re a student and intend to see the show for free, then you have to show up half an hour before curtain to see what’s available. Sometimes, the show sells out and there are no student tickets available. In that case, they’ll start a wait list, tell people to hang around, and then they’ll call names on the wait list two minutes before curtain according to the number of unclaimed tickets they have. Sometimes they have a couple of tickets. Sometimes they have none.
As soon as we saw the length of the wait list, we knew there’d be no chance our names would be called. Roughly thirty people would have had to not show up to claim their tickets in order for us to be able to be seated.
We said, “To hell with this” and went home.
I had every intention of writing this post today as a review of this short-lived play (they only had five performances). I wanted to make a comment about the value in poking fun at a classic, what it might do to rejuvenate the classic, how it could reignite interest in this old and sometimes intimidating Shakespearean play.
But, alas and alackaday, you will not be reading that post tonight. Instead, you’ve just read an entirely pointless post about the post that might have been.
Thank you for your time.