Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: A Whiff of Sulphur...

From: Robert Elkin (
Date: 05 Dec 2007

Jim Doherty wrote:

Arguably, Shakespeare himself did a far greater job of trashing his own ROMEO & JULIET with the "Pyramus and Thisby" sketch in MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM than Bernstein ever did. Of course, that was an outright parody, not a supposedly straight adaptation. And,

IIRC, MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM actually precedes R&J, so, technically, I suppose, R&J trashed P&T.


It would be nice if R&J preceded MND [I like to think it did; the P&T sketch becomes even funnier, as you allude to), but as to which actually came before the other, there is currently no answer that is not speculative--they're too close in time & no documentation exists.
And may I say, Jim, it's nice to argue with you again!

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