History Theatre / Equus

23rd Aug '15 11:05:02 AM Madeleymade
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Set in England, filmed in Toronto, for tax reasons.
11th Sep '14 5:31:12 AM Willbyr
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* DawsonCasting: Frequently done with regards to 17-year-old Alan for understandable reasons. Peter Firth, the originator of the role, was twenty-four years old when the film version starring him was released. Averted by the 2007 West End revival (you know, the one that got the MoralGuardians up in arms).
31st Oct '13 11:59:37 AM Gludd20
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* CriticalPsychoanalysisFailure: [[spoiler: Alan's Equus hallucinations are passed to Dysart.]]
11th Sep '13 11:07:10 AM Katsuhagi
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* SignificantDoubleCasting: Traditionally the actor who plays the rider who gives Alan his first horseback ride also plays his favorite horse Nugget, which highlights Alan's confusion over his sexuality.
8th Sep '13 7:15:41 AM Katsuhagi
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Or rather, the horses--we're not told their fate after Alan blinds them, although [[MercyKill one can guess.]]
** Not necessarily, most barns have some blind or half-blind horse that get along quite fine and can even be ridden. Remember that a horse's primary senses are hearing and smell.
*** Interesting, since a horse's eyes are the largest of any land mammal.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Or rather, the horses--we're not told their fate after Alan blinds them, although [[MercyKill one can guess.]]
** Not necessarily, most barns have some blind or half-blind horse that get along quite fine and can even be ridden. Remember that a horse's primary senses are hearing and smell.
*** Interesting, since a horse's eyes are the largest of any land mammal.
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1st Sep '13 5:35:05 PM Nitro378
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* HistoryRepeats: As Doctor Dysart [[spoiler:prepares to 'cure' Alan, [[TheReveal he reveals]] that he himself has now become plagued by visions of Equus.]]



* ShoutOut: There's a reference to "standing in the darkness, stabbing at heads" which seems to refer to the play ''Theatre/{{Agamemnon}}'' by Creator/{{Aeschylus}}.

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* NotSoDifferent: Alan and Dysart appear separated in a multitude of ways, yet it eventually becomes clear that the staid, predictable Dysart is himself obsessed with the kind of raw passion that Alan experiences, as evidenced by his monologues and bizarre dreams about ancient Greece - but is shown as too afraid to grasp it [[spoiler:until his final lines.]]
* ShoutOut: There's a reference to "standing in the darkness, stabbing at heads" which seems to refer to the play ''Theatre/{{Agamemnon}}'' by Creator/{{Aeschylus}}.
19th Jul '13 1:20:51 PM Akriloth2160
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* MaleFrontalNudity: The script calls for the actor playing Alan to appear naked on stage. Predictably, the production starring Creator/DanielRadcliffe spawned countless jokes about Film/HarryPotter showing his "wand."
** Actually, the script only calls for the actor playing Alan to mime stripping, never actually requiring any nudity. Radcliffe took it upon himself to nude it up.

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* MaleFrontalNudity: The script calls for the actor playing Alan to appear naked on stage. Predictably, the production starring Creator/DanielRadcliffe spawned countless jokes about Film/HarryPotter showing his "wand."
** Actually,
" Curiously, the script only calls for the actor playing Alan to mime stripping, never actually requiring any nudity. Radcliffe took it upon himself to nude it up.
9th Apr '13 6:32:41 PM RoseAndHeather
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* BestKnownForTheFanservice: Deep themes phooey: some folks are only interested in the nudity.
** Particularly Creator/DanielRadcliffe; the fact that he was nude on stage is the only reason a lot of people have ever heard of this play.
6th Jan '13 8:28:06 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ButYouScrewOneGoat: Alan can't distinguish between affection for horses and sexual attraction.

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* ButYouScrewOneGoat: BestialityIsDepraved: Alan can't distinguish between affection for horses and sexual attraction.
25th Dec '12 7:31:40 AM JeffWeskamp
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A play by Peter Shaffer that opened in 1973, ''Equus'' became a film in 1977 also written by Shaffer. In the play and film, a psychiatrist, Martin Dysart is called to investigate the case of a stable boy named Alan Strang. Alan, out of a religious and sexual fascination with horses, savagely blinded six horses with a metal spike. As he examines the boy, and his fascination, Dysart starts to have doubts about whether he can really help him, or whether turning people to a "normal" way of thinking is always the right thing to do.

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A play by Peter Shaffer that opened in 1973, ''Equus'' became a film in 1977 also written by Shaffer. In the play and film, a psychiatrist, Martin Dysart is called to investigate the case of a stable boy stableboy named Alan Strang. Alan, out of a religious and sexual fascination with horses, savagely blinded six horses with a metal spike. As he examines the boy, and his fascination, Dysart starts to have doubts about whether he can really help him, or whether turning people to a "normal" way of thinking is always the right thing to do.
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