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11 June 2003 @ 11:03 pm
If I wasn't already going to England, this would make me go. Immediately.  
My excuse for updating right now is that I've just gotten out of the shower and I need to dry before I can continue throwing things around my room frantically. But on to the subject line.

On my way home, I heard a most disturbing commercial on the radio. The ad started out by saying that The Chicago Shakespeare Theater was producing The Little Mermaid, an original musical. Uh huh. Funny, I thought Disney did that a few years ago and botched the ending. I was also a bit baffled as to why a Shakespeare theatre was doing, umm, something OTHER than Shakespeare. But apparently I did not wait long enough, for the other production coming this summer is A Midsummer Night's Dream. Aha, I think. All is well, with a Shakespeare theatre actually doing Shakespeare.

But I was wrong. So wrong.

For then they threw in the kicker: fast-paced, abridged production — narrated by a rapping, hip-hop fairy.


Oh, and did I mention that their website is called Chicago Shakes?!

Cannot cope. Am off to England, birthplace of the Bard, where they hopefully do not do such atrocities to his work.
I feel: embarrassedembarrassed
---: shake that thang!!capslocklove on June 11th, 2003 09:25 pm (UTC)
Have lots and lots of fun! And don't forget to update when you can! =D
Meggie Dmegd on June 11th, 2003 10:07 pm (UTC)
You know, there's a reason the local theater troup doesn't do Shakespeare. Of course they are busy ruinning other plays, but who's counting?

And have a splendid trip.

-Meg (suddenly glad to be a dumb Southern hick)
I want to be a genetic dead end.: Poison.shakespearechic on June 12th, 2003 12:20 am (UTC)
*clings to William*

Have fun!!
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Zorac: bookszorac on June 12th, 2003 02:15 am (UTC)
Ah, but the Reduced Shakespeare Company actually consists of three Americans...
Negotiation Barbiepraetorianguard on June 12th, 2003 06:19 am (UTC)
You know, I'm actually all for doing that to poor William in the name of experimental theatre. It usually doesn't work out well, but you never know. :D

*loffs experimental theatre*
Bethany-Grace: theatre seatsglissando on June 12th, 2003 07:49 am (UTC)
I hate to point this out, but (from lastminute.com)...

The Bomb-itty of Errors

See this unique hip-hop spin on Shakespeare's farcical comedy at The New Ambassadors Theatre, London

I just want to cry.

Have a great time in England, our weather's great for punting at the moment *grin*
Painfully perkyicarusancalion on June 13th, 2003 12:13 am (UTC)
Completely and utterly off-topic - Help!
Morrie, I just had a fic of mine uploaded, 'Sex, Drugs and Death Eater Rock.' Now as it works out, I sent the wrong copy, and this one has beta marks in it and is missing a few changes.

But I always read the stories of mine that are uploaded, because I'm so excited to see them up.

Well, there are all kinds of changes to it. Not grammatical or spelling changes. Rewriting. Entire paragraphs. And the re-writer sucks. In my opinion. She got Ron's voice wrong, she missed the point of a couple of sections, and, quite frankly, you just don't do this to a writer. Ever. Even a Beta is not given the final say on the writer's story, the writer is, and there's usually some form of communication between the beta and the writer, eh?

Now, if my story wasn't up to snuff, I would expect it to be sent back to me - ideally with a little note saying what you felt was wrong.

My first livid gut reaction was to pull every story I've ever written off of RS.org, and I've been a big supporter, I started the sleazy fic drive back in January as a protest against the C&D letter. People I've told this to say they'll never post their stories on RS.org if this is what you do.

But I'm gambling that you just have a new coder who would rather be writing than coding. Libbie is the one who set up the review thread, though I don't know if she's the one to talk to.

I'm happy to resubmit the story, but I need to know that it will either be rejected as is, or posted as is. Typo changes, that sort of thing, is fine. But rewriting is not acceptable.

Quite frankly, you have so many stories coming in, I don't know how a coder would have time. I've read in other people's livejournal that their stories have taken a very long time to post. If your coders are trying to 'write' and code at the same time, that could be part of the problem.

Please get back to me, and let me know if I can trust that the integrity of my stories will be maintained on RS.org. I feel like I just painted something, and came back to find someone drew a mustache on it.

Vickihermorrine on June 13th, 2003 07:05 am (UTC)
Re: Completely and utterly off-topic - Help!
Hi there -

I'm actually in England right now, but I'm going to email Kissaki - she's now going to be sharing the head mod duties as she's gotten settled Down Under - so that she can look into this. I will tell you that this is emphatically NOT something RS does - no, NEVER. I think almost every mod was a writer first - including myself - and I completely understand your feelings. I will make sure Kissaki looks into this and hopefully we can find out what happened and who did it, because that is completely and utterly unacceptable. I apologize profusely - we DO have a bunch of new proofers and coders, but this is really inexcusable - if they really had thought there was a significant error, it should have been sent back to you, not changed by that person. Please resend the story to the address with "ATTN KISSAKI" in the subject line, and I will ask her to look into it as soon as she can. I appreciate your patience and thank you for bringing this to our attention.
Painfully perkyicarusancalion on June 13th, 2003 10:13 am (UTC)
Re: Completely and utterly off-topic - Help!
Thank your for your quick reply - I've even already heard from kissaki. Your response is very reassuring, and it really speaks well of you guys. I'm not a bit surprised. What surprised me was the changes.

Now I'm really embarrassed, and have spent have the morning unravelling this.

As it works out, all that the coder changed was adding italics in the first sentence. That panicked me, and I scanned the fic looking for more serious changes. What happened is I sent a month-old version of the file. The old version was named 'Death Eater Rock_Final.' The version I should have sent was named 'Death Eater Rock_BoozefestFinal.' The boozefest version had the italicized text marked with < i > and < / i >, as I was hoping to save tboy time. It's a very long fic with a lot italics. But I didn't want the RS.org version uploaded with those marks, so I sent what I thought was the straight word file.

tboy and I have decided 'Sex, Drugs and Death Eater Rock' is a cursed fic. So far, the only thing that hasn't gone wrong with it, is it hasn't *knock wood* been plagiarised.

So far it has:
- been the source of a blow up between me and its first Beta.
- it drove me bananas for two months trying to write the thing (Ron refused to put on a dress - he just wouldn't do it, nuh-uh, no way).
- it crashed the boozefest (and not in that good 'gatecrasher' way they want over there) when it was uploaded.
- it somehow turned into a solid block of text over at www.skyehawke.com.
- it went to the wrong printer at tboy's office and wound up in the hands of her new manager.
- I left it behind at a sleepy temp assignment. I recovered the disk, but who knows if they looked at it.
- I had another beta who, with no experience with drugs... tried to rewrite the drug scene?
- the final beta forgot about it, until I whimpered just two days before the deadline.

And now I've sent the wrong copy of it to RS.org. tboy is going to laugh when she hears the latest on this fic.

Oh man...

Oh, I forgot, someone asked to archive it, but other people didn't know I gave permission and sent me emails warning me...

I'm sorry to have worried you Morrie.

Vickihermorrine on June 15th, 2003 05:09 am (UTC)
Re: Completely and utterly off-topic - Help!
That's quite allright - I'm glad it's all been sorted out. :)
Vickihermorrine on June 13th, 2003 07:06 am (UTC)
Re: Completely and utterly off-topic - Help!
I meant "resend to the usual address" - moderator@restrictedsection.org. Thanks!