Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Shall I Compare Thee To A Compound Word?

If there is a better way of spending a summer evening in Vancouver than being in the front row for a lavish Bard on the Beach production and getting drenched in atmosphere and exuberant thespian spittle, I haven't found it.

I've received an e-news update from the festival touting the opening of Falstaff:
Bard's exciting new adaption, which distils the essential Falstaff story from Shakespeare's Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 begins July 1 at Bard on the Beach in the Studio Stage tent, and promises to be a run away hit.
The scolding red underscore from the Blogger spell-checker notwithstanding, distils is a recognized variant of distills. But "run away hit" needs to be "runaway hit," with the one-word adjectival construction. (It's much like the ubiquitous every day vs. everyday confusion.)

Meanwhile today's Province announces the opening of a new production of Twelfth Night at the Jericho Arts Centre at Jericho beach, down the road from Bard on the Beach's Vanier Park site. The headline proclaims: "Bard further down the beach." But as all right-thinking people adjudge, farther is the superior choice here.