Sunday, December 14, 2008

Life In Europe, Front Page News Edition

Europeans take their theatre very seriously. Some even too real. Like something out of a Masterpiece Theatre Mystery, over the weekend in Vienna, the Swedish-born actor Daniel Hoevels was performing a scene where he commits subside by slitting his neck. BUT someone switched the fake prop knife for a real one and the actor slit in his throat for real. He then collapsed on stage with blood pouring from his neck as the audience started to applaud the spectacular special effects. It was only when the actor failed to get up to take a bow that they realized something was wrong.

Hovels is now recovering in an Austrian hospital knowing that someone tried to murder him, by his own hand. How is that for a twist?! Ah, If only Poirot was here...

The play, if you are wondering was Friedrich Schiller's play Mary Stuart, about Mary Queen of Scots. In history, if you remember, Mary, Queen of Scots, was the cousin of Elizabeth I and was beheaded for treason. That's right, head chopped off. I know, I know, you think I'm making this up but that's the crazy European life I live in.

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