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Monday, January 30, 2006

Everything’s Better With Zombies

Posted by on January 30 at 10:57 AM

Overheard after seeing Die Wandlung at CoCA, (an experimental performance goulash of gutter dandy costumes, butoh dance, cirque noir makeup, German expressionist text, and clanging percussion on found objects—it was as confusing as it sounds):

“That was intriguing.”
“Woulda been better with zombies.”
“You think?”
“Oh yeah—everything’s better with zombies.”

Too right:


“Twelfth Night of the Living Dead. The Bard meets George Romero: Cross-dressing zombies in the sixteenth century. Who’s a man? Who’s a woman? Who’s living? Who’s dead? Hilarity ensues.”

(From Yankee Pot Roast.)

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There totally were undead in Die Wandlung. Maybe not zombies per se, but pretty close.

To be, yet not to be, is *that* the question?

Act I Sc I

(Enter ZOMBIE DUKE ORSINO, and other zombies, zombie musicians attending)

If man-flesh be the food of mine, eat on;
Give me excess of brains, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
That brain again! it had a dying fall:
O, it came o'er my gums from the sweet teeth,
That feed upon a man with violence,
Stealing and giving offal! Enough; no more:
'Tis not so sweet now as it was before.
O necrotizer! how quick with flesh art thou,
That, notwithstanding thy capacity
Receiveth as the grave, nought enters there,
Of what validity and pitch soe'er,
But falls into abasement and gored eyes,
Even in a minute: so full of haste is frenzy
That it alone is zombie-tastical.


Grr! Arrgh!

Is this the end of Zombie Shakespeare?

Thy Dead Dawneth

I will a round unvarnished tale deliver
Of my whole course of love; what brains, what flesh,
What conjuration and what mighty magic,
For such proceeding I am charged withal,
I ate his daughter.

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