Don't Say It!

Armin considers the Scottish Play. (Just don't read this column out loud if you're in a theater.)

published Friday, October 29, 2010
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Dear Armin,

So, what’s up with that superstition about saying the name of The Scottish Play?

Do you mean Macbeth? I'm assuming you're referring to Macbeth because I can't think of any other notable Scottish play other than Macbeth. Macbeth is the one I'm thinking of and I sincerely can't think of any other play other than Macbeth that you could be referring to since Macbeth is a very famous play set in Scotland. Other than Macbeth the only Scottish play I can think of right now is Sea and Land and Sky, which made a small splash there last season, but it's no Macbeth because Macbeth is...well, Macbeth. Wait. What was the question? — YOURS, ARMIN

P.S. Macbeth!


Dear Armin,

My director insists on using real switchblades in our production of West Side Story. While I admire his commitment to authenticity, isn’t that dangerous? Honestly, I’m worried about my pretty face.

Dearest Stabby,

I once used real swords in Macbeth but no one was seriously wounded so you'll probably be OK. Just Kidding. Quit the show. Macbeth! — YOURS, ARMIN


Dear Armin,

I’m a straight dude who plays a lot of leading roles in musicals. I’m sick of all the male chorus boys hitting on me. Don’t they understand that a guy in the musical theater world can be hetero?

Dear Macbeth,

Can they? Can they really? — YOURS, ARMIN


Ask Armin something, via Go on and ask. When he doesn't have enough queries to ponder, he bothers the hell out of the TheaterJones editor. Also, TJ doesn't stand by or even agree with all of Armin's advice. So don't hold us responsible if things go terribly wrong. Thanks For Reading


been there, didn't do that writes:
Friday, October 29 at 12:05PM

To Hetero: Take it as a compliment and enjoy it while you can. There will come a time when the chorus girls stop flirting with you and you'll take comfort in the fact that at least the wrinkle queen at the end of the bar still wants you.

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