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But I write this column, and therefore, much like Puck—not to mention Shakespeare himself—I get to break the rules. But what if William Shakespeare had been a young, love-sick playwright, looking for inspiration in this century? To escape the verdict of Theseus who says do what your father says or get thee to a nunneryHermia and Lysander plot to elope, and trek through the woods to a place where they can be married outside of Athenian rule. They tell Helena, who immediately tattles to Demetrius. Who knows why! Whatever works.
Famously inspired by a vintage carnival poster, this is one of the weirdest songs on Sgt. It has always reminded me a little of Nick Bottom—admittedly, the Kevin Kline version—who is nothing if not a bombastic showman worthy of three rings, and who would no doubt style himself Mr. Kite, and Mr. Henderson, and Henry the Horse.
Trouble in the fairy kingdom: Queen Titania and King Oberon are at odds. Puck finds the wrong Athenians, and anoints the eyes of Lysander instead. When Lysander wakes up, he sees Helena first and falls in love, following her and leaving Hermia alone in the woods. Extravagantly stylish, mischievous, generally intoxicated, covered in gold and leopardskin, pulling faces for the entertainment of the fairies—he was a magic creature if ever there was one.
Then Nick Bottom is actually an ass, courtesy of Puck, who likes his fun. It is this monstrosity whom Titania sees first when she wakes, and thus she promptly falls in love with him. As for the Athenians, Puck tries again, leaving both Lysander and Demetrius in love with Helena, and Helena ready to tear her hair out, certain that they are mocking her. Hermia is also unhappy, for obvious reasons. To keep them from coming to blows, Puck confuses them, leading them all through the forest until they are quite lost.
When they sleep, he juices them up again. A cacophony of confusion for fairies and mortals alike, and furthermore, a song that always makes me think, somehow, of magic. Or a love potion that not only changes who you love, but, somehow, who you are? Satisfied with his revenge, Oberon undoes the spell on Titania, and restores Bottom to his regular assery. Considering the constant suggestion of eyes being the source of love—or at least the location where love can be manipulated—in this play, this may be reassuring.
Peter Quince and company perform their play, Oberon and Titania make up, and everyone else gets married. Created by Grove Atlantic and Electric Literature.
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