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Theater Superstitions

What’s your favorite theater superstition? Ever wonder how the phrase “Break a Leg” originated?

Theater folk are a superstitious lot, and wishing an actor “good luck” is considered bad fortune, so the phrase “break a leg” is substituted. 

Wikipedia has a good summary of various theories about the beginning of the theater phrase.  Is its origin Greek, Roman, Yiddish?  Is it a holdover from the days of vaudeville?  Who knows?

In the meantime, I’ll just keep saying it as I look forward to another fun theatrical production with some very talented people.  What other theater superstitions make you go, “Hmmm…”? Whistling backstage? Mentioning the Scottish play? Let us know.

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5 comments on “Theater Superstitions

  1. Lucille P. Loiselle
    August 29, 2012

    The French always wished “love, stardust and merde” (merde being the equivalent to s–t!) .. their equivalent to “break a leg”…. ! 🙂

  2. centerstageplayhouse
    August 29, 2012

    The Scottish play superstition always intrigued me. With all the sword play and pyrotechnics, I can imagine that Macbeth performances were prone to accidents and mayhaps, but I wonder how and why it was singled out above all other plays as being “unlucky” if mentioned.

  3. Lucille P. Loiselle
    August 29, 2012

    Curious: who is answering under “Center Stage Playhouse”… is that you Nick????? 🙂

    • Nick
      August 30, 2012

      Lu, some things are best left a mystery. 🙂

  4. centerstageplayhouse
    August 30, 2012

    Ditto what Nick said…or I said…Mystery is a great part of theater, is it not? 🙂

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