The performance of “Pyramus and Thisby” at the end of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is met with some sarcastic commentary by the Duke and his wedding party. I initially thought that their statements were not as cruel as those lobbed at the inept performance of the “Show of the Worthies” at the close of Love’s Labor’s Lost.
Now I’m not so sure.
But why is it that I am more accepting and less bothered by this audience? Is it because it’s funnier (both the show AND the commentary)? (IS it funnier?) Is it because I like the performers better? (wouldn’t that make me find the commentary MORE cruel?)
Or is it because the overall ending of Love’s Labor’s Lost disappointed me so, that I have denigrated all that comes before it in that final act? And thus Midsummer‘s more joyous ending makes me more forgiving?
I’m just not sure… your thoughts?
discuss, if you will…