Couple this with Flute’s hope that Thisby is a wandering knight and it would seem that knights played a rather regular role in drama of the period. Now, whether that’s Shakespeare’s period or an idea of period’s prior, I am not certain. But at some point there was a certain expectation that knights would show up in a play. Maybe that is what is missing from contemporary theatre. There are simply not enough knights. There are certainly insufficient sword fights – a problem which an increase in knights might go a long way to mend.
We saw a very dull and badly acted As You Like It a few months ago. We left at intermission because dinner seemed much more appealing than more of the same nonsense and we knew how the story turned out. I don’t know how we came to it but at a certain point we thought of Mr. T and how much improved the production would have been by his presence. I mean, sure, it would have disrupted the entire show but a show that banal needs disruption. And at least Mr. T has some stage presence. We thought we might have found a new way to say something sucked. We could just say, “That show could have used Mr. T.”
Knights could be like that, but actually true. I mean, you couldn’t actually get Mr. T to play King Lear but you could throw a knight into a tepid production of ‘Night Mother or a floundering Glen Garry Glen Ross. No explanation, just send a guy in armor galloping across the stage at some point, with foil and target.