I dreamed that LA mounted a regional production of Hamilton, with easily available tickets at $5.00 each. Of course, I immediately dragged basically everyone I knew, including a group of visiting sf fans from other countries. Most of the people I brought (about 20 of them) were unfamiliar with the play, but I was certain that they would be instant converts.

When it began, I realized that the director had inexplicably decided to combine the play with Three Penny Opera, which he also didn't understand - for instance, "Pirate Jenny" was done as a strip-tease. Also, all the actors were white.

This went on for 15 minutes while I vainly attempted to communicate in whispers to my friends that this was not the play. "This is like going to see Hamlet and finding that they've actually produced Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead!" I whispered indignantly.

Then I was relieved that apparently they were actually going to do at least some Hamilton, as a black actor appeared and shouted "I'm Aaron Burr!"

Then the opening chords of "Alexander Hamilton" began.

I then found that the director had completely rewritten the lyrics to simplify them, and also to use an all-purpose, gender neutral pronoun of his own invention, "zoo."

All I remember was "Zoo are waiting around for zoo," when I woke up, greatly relieved that this travesty - and I don't mean Stoppard's-- does not actually exist.

Yet. (Thanks to Tool of Satan for the link.)
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From: [personal profile] brainwane

a black actor appeared and shouted "I'm Aaron Burr!"

Well, how else is the audience going to know who you are.

Zoo are waiting around for zoo

I am laughing helplessly at this.
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From: [personal profile] muccamukk

I really can't believe the thinks that happen to you, Rachel, or I wouldn't except NO ONE could make this shit up. Seriously, wtf!?

ETA: For clarity, I realise it was a dream but if this actually HAD happened, I would have believed it. Because it's you.
Edited Date: 2016-07-14 06:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alatefeline

Your subconscious is very clever and apparently trying to troll you.
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From: [personal profile] alatefeline

...At least it's bothering to be creative?

*whistling Always Look on the Bright Side*

I remember pursued-by-dinosaurs being a major repeating theme when I was younger. I think it stopped when I turned around and lectured the dinosaurs on playing nice and making friends. If only the anxiety dreams I had nowadays were so easily banished...well, it's worth a try.

Down, dream trolls! Down! Play friendly!

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From: [personal profile] movingfinger

I'm depressed to think that this one could very likely come to pass.
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From: [personal profile] owlectomy

I am going to see Hamilton tomorrow(!) and I suspect I will have a hell of a time not cracking up when I think of "Zoo are waiting around for zoo."

From: [identity profile] swan-tower.livejournal.com

I dragged a bunch of friends to see the English-language release of the anime film X: 1999, having seen the Japanese version and loved it.

The dub was so bad that it actually changed the plot.

Not bad on a scale you describe here, of course, but yyyyyyyyyeah. It had been long enough since I saw the original that I couldn't even remember well enough how it went; I just kept insisting to my friends that no really, it had been a good movie, they'd done something to it in the translation.

(These days I wouldn't show anybody the movie, either, because it was written on the basis of like one volume of the manga and an outline, and zooms through the entire plot at three hundred miles and hour. The TV series is vastly better -- and has the virtue of being the only full-length version of the story that actually got completed.)

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com

I love the anime. The TV series. It's so beautiful and heartbreaking, and I love the score.

But, uh, yeah, that sounds terrible.

From: [identity profile] wordsofastory.livejournal.com

I am laughing so hard at this post.

(And yes, I can confirm that the most recent Macbeth movie absolutely DID ADD A WORDLESS DEAD BABY SUBPLOT. Well, a wordless dead ten-year-old-ish child subplot, more like. I do see where people are getting the idea, but it's so unnecessary!

Though not as strange as the regional outdoor theater production of Much Ado About Nothing where half the characters were puppets, and half were regular actors. There was no particular pattern to who was a puppet and who wasn't, there was no explanation, just puppets.

The same group also did a production of Three Musketeers where D'artagnan inexplicably has a tomboy younger sister.)

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com

I am trying to decide if Much Ado with a half-puppet cast beats "I still don't know why the Duke in Measure for Measure was four vampires."
Edited Date: 2016-07-15 06:18 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] wordsofastory.livejournal.com

Hahaha, omg, that sounds amazing. I could almost see him being one vampire! But four?
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From: [personal profile] ladyjane

I sympathize with the desecration to Hamilton, but all I can really think is "A Rosen/Stern reference!" *high-five*

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