In Ephesus, you juggle or die


In 1987, The Flying Karamazov Brothers performed their interpretation of Shakespeare's A Comedy of Errors. When I watched this show (part 1, part 2) when it first aired, it was my introduction both to the juggling team and to the play. It also reinforced my impression that Shakespeare was meant to be performed and not merely read. The jokes simply don't work as well when you merely read them.

For some reason, I still remember the tiny juggling mishap in the final seconds of the show (part 2, time code 1:05:14): The actress at the far left edge of the screen (Luciana) drops a pin but covers up the mistake nicely.

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  1. In Soviet Russia, pins drop /you!/

  2. Anonymous says:

    It is a bit unfortunate that the sound quality of the video is somewhat low; if I hadn’t been acquainted with the plot before, I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to follow what’s going on.

    Regarding "meant to be performed": that made me think of Lord Vetinari who prefers reading tablature to orchestral performance.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Funny — I saw the timestamp, but not the suggestion to look to the far left.  

    There are actually two pins dropped around the same time.  The pair in the middle also miss one when the woman on the left drops one.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if stage performers rehearse for bloopers. Does the director occaisionally tell a juggler throw wide just so everyone has practice with, um, exceptional cases?

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