The issue of whom is worthy to putting on a play is also one of the concerns in the play Another aspect of this issue comprising who is responsible for bringing a play to the audiences or what thoughts and actions are proper in order to bring a play to stage should be also concerned.
The conversations among the craftsmen-actors in which they argue whether they can bring an actual wall to stage and conclude that it is impossible to carry out demonstrate this point.
Davidson explains that by saying that “for the spectacles that cities like Coventry were able to mount were surely not so rough and “amateurish” as we might imagine” or “the quality of the production were surely much, much higher that Shakespeare’s play-within-a-play in Alan Bellringer explores the art of acting which he claims is “a valid part of the art of living” and its importance (213).
He asserts that “the sub plot about the Athenian workmen’s underserved success in the amateur dramatic competition is thematically relevant and supportive” (Bellringer 213).
The role played by the darkness of night creates another similarity as it causes the romantic confusion in both plays.
Pyramus, in the dark of the night, mistakenly believes that Thisbe has been killed by the lion when he sees her bloody mantle; he, thus, commits suicide because of this misinterpretation.Similar to the first play-within-a-play, the second serves an important role to signify the larger play.In , Clifford Davidson discusses the play-within-a-play structure and its purpose.On the other hand, the author sees acting and plays as a mean for normal, simple and blundering people like the character Bottom to “escape from their stereotyped tradesmen’s personalities through their imaginative art of drama, the world of ‘shadows’”.Through the play and acting, these craftsmen-actors can “briefly change their status in life” and “find fulfillment in their new-found importance as actors”.It is explained while the lovers and Theseus and Hippolyta are mocking the ridiculous performance of the laborers, the audiences watching the lovers watch the craftsmen’s play are concurrently aware of the lovers’ own absurdity.Moreover, the play-within-a-play of the craftsmen suggests the strict requirements and the limit of the theatre.Marriage and reconciliation are the means for resolving all conflicts.In Oberon’s play, Helena gets her love, Lysander and Hermia stays together, and Titania has a lesson of obedience.Pyramus and Thisbe face parental disapproval in the subplot just like the couple Lysander and Hermia do in the main plot.Despite its dramatic premise, the craftsmen play the love story of Pyramus and Thisbe in such a comical way that parodies the melodramatic Athenian lovers and gives the play a very joyful and comical ending.