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I clicked onto your site, looking for humor, a good time and some amusing quips. I came away with a script that was worse than the play you claimed it was based on. Seriously, do better than that. Other than that, however, I would like to make a few comments regarding this quote,
"See, there's this little thing

that this guy named SHAKESPEARE used to do. If there was
something that was going to be a surprise at the end, he
would at least introduce it earlier in the play, sufficiently
enough so that last moment gives you a sort of "oh, why
couldn't *I* have figured that out myself?" type of feeling."
In a nutshell... NO. Shakespeare did not do that. Shakespeare wrote and wrote and wrote until he realized that his actors were actually onstage, performing the play for a real audience, then just ended the play with... marriage for everyone! Random Greek God included. There is, in fact, foreshadowing in "Wicked", as there is in the novel. The green bottle is thoroughly explained for anyone with a few gray cells and a will to listen.
Also, Elphaba's greenness was not supposed to represent racial tensions in America. God help us, it was written with a larger scope than that.
Oh, by the way, the Shakespeare referenced above is the ending of "As You Like It."
Thank you, please do better next time.
Clara [last name removed]

I'm sorry, but I have to strongly disagree with your e-mail, Clara:
  1. The Shakespeare referenced above is actually the ending for "Midsummer". Also "Twelfth Night". Also "Comedy of Errors". Oh fuck, there's an entire wikipedia entry for it.
  2. Some of Shakespeare's plays ended with death for everyone.

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The best part is how she doesn't bother to explain the obvious meaning behind the green gunk.
"The green bottle is thoroughly explained for anyone with a few gray cells and a will to listen."....It was mentioned twice in the play. Maybe three times, and really only in passing. There was no "thorough explaination" of anything."Also, Elphaba's greenness was not supposed to represent racial tensions in America. God help us, it was written with a larger scope than that"Which was...what? I mean if you're going to make a statement like that I think you should elaborate.The girl is insane. The Wicked Abridged Script was much better than the actual show.
people who take funny things seriously make my day a little brighter. since you're clearly an expert on shakespear clara, you should probably do an indepth study on HUMOR, and then re-read that wicked script.keep up the good work gil.
It was written with a larger scope than racial tensions in America? Do scopes come any bigger? Maybe it's supposed to represent the rise and fall of mankind..
I like words. I like funny. I like funny words together in sentences.
Gil, is that last Anonymous comment at 2:55pm actually YOU? It sounds suspiciously like you....
Yeah, it does sound suspiciously like me, doesn't it? Nah, posting anonymously on my own blog is silly. If I had said that I would have logged in.I actually thought it was my friend Matty . I forgot to ask if that's him.

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