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New York Theater April 2014 Quiz

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New York Theater April 2014 Quiz
Posted: 5/2/14 at 11:55pm
New York Theater April 2014 Quiz

How well were you paying attention to the theater in April? Take these dozen questions and see. Special Award Edition.
New York Theater April 2014 Quiz

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bjh2114
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Posted: 5/3/14 at 12:45am
I don't agree with your answer for #2. At least not the way the question is worded.

Updated On: 5/3/14 at 12:45 AM
gstrus2
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Posted: 5/3/14 at 07:16am
This is the first New York Theater quiz I've ever gotten 100% on! :)
hundredsofhats
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Posted: 5/3/14 at 07:32am
Good for you!!

I got 58%, not bad for someone who only saw one show this season, lol.
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Posted: 5/3/14 at 10:44pm
My first 100% as well.
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Posted: 5/4/14 at 07:34am
Please explain bjh. (Most quiz-takers have answered number 2 correctly.)
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Posted: 5/4/14 at 05:55pm
Sample question:
Which of the following musicals was NOT inspired by the work of William Shakespeare, who was born 450 years ago in April? *
Boys from Syracuse
Kiss Me Kate
The Lion King
Two Gentlemen of Verona
West Side Story
None were
They all were
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Posted: 5/5/14 at 03:01am
I count 12 shows that opened in April. That means 7 of them have to have crossdressers or characters yearning to star "in Hollywood." I only count 5 that satisfy those criteria. Now if we're talking about wanting to be a star in general, you can add a few to the list. But several of those shows NEVER discuss Hollywood specifically.
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Posted: 5/5/14 at 10:58am
bjh
I don't want to give away the answer, but: Count again. (Perhaps you're forgetting Curly's Wife?)
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Posted: 5/5/14 at 03:54pm
Ok, I did forget Curley's wife, but I still only count 6 then.
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Posted: 5/5/14 at 07:12pm
Well, I don't know which other one you're missing. Try going over them again.
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Posted: 5/5/14 at 07:46pm
I'm ACTIVELY not counting Lady Day, Bullets, and Act One if one or more of those is one you are counting. The characters in those shows don't specifically want to be stars in Hollywood.
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Posted: 5/5/14 at 09:53pm
You're incorrect about Act One. The whole play-within-the-play, "Once In A Lifetime," is about New York vaudevillians trying to break into Hollywood. It's set specifically in Hollywood, and the word "Hollywood" appears in the play a half dozen times.

Updated On: 5/5/14 at 09:53 PM
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Posted: 5/6/14 at 12:47pm
But those aren't characters in the play Act One. That's why I take issue with the wording of the questions. The show "Once In A Lifetime" didn't open on Broadway in April 2014.
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Posted: 5/6/14 at 05:18pm
With all due respect, bjh2114, there reaches a point where the gracious thing for you to do is to drop the Talmudic nitpicking and admit your mission here is misplaced. You were wrong about the "only 5" that you began with,and you're wrong now. There are scenes in "Act One' where the actual actors are playing those Hollywood-aiming characters on stage of the Vivian Beaumont. That makes them characters in "Act One" as well as in "Once in a Lifetime." You really have to twist upside down and inside out to "take issue" with the wording of my question: "True or False: The majority of shows that opened on Broadway in April had at least one character who was either cross-dressing or yearning to be a star in Hollywood."
Will your next tack be: "But were they really 'yearning' to be a star in Hollywood, or did they feel forced to be there? Maybe they didn't really want to be a "star;" maybe they simply couldn't resist the big bucks of Hollywood."
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Posted: 5/6/14 at 05:45pm
But I'm not wrong. I ruled out Act One AS I was taking the quiz originally for that very reason. I made a mistake about Of Mice And Men because I forgot about Curley's wife. Pretty simple I think. But the characters in the play Act One do not have dreams of Hollywood stardom. By your logic, that means that every single time another piece of art is even mentioned in a play, that creators of that art count as characters? No. I'm sorry. That's dense and it's nonsense.
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Posted: 5/6/14 at 05:51pm
And let's be clear about another thing. This is hardly the first time anyone has taken issue with the wording of your questions. The reason people get that question correct is that it's worded as a leading question. Even if you can't think of all the shows that fit the criteria, the tendency is to answer "True" because why would something so specific be false? But if you actually stop to think about it, you're the one actually stretching the reality of what is happening in these shows so that it can fit your criteria. Let's not kid ourselves about who the accurate one is here.
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Posted: 5/7/14 at 10:28am
Please re-read my last post, which addresses the issue of the characters.
I'm sorry the wording of my quiz questions has upset you. The quiz is meant to be entertaining. Your score will not affect your future employment.
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bjh2114
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Posted: 5/7/14 at 10:37am
No need to be condescending. I don't take the scores on these quizzes seriously at all. All I'm saying is that this quiz is messily thrown together.

P.S. I read your previous post, and it still made no sense. My point is that those people aren't "characters" in Act One. They're characters in another play.

 
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