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Thanks; Rs: Actresses; Doubling; Private Idaho
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 374. Saturday, 12 December 1992.
 
(1)     From:   Doris Smith <
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        Date:   Friday, 11 Dec 1992 22:40:35 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 3.0360 Rs: *Macbeth* Question
 
(2)     From:   Leo Daugherty <
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        Date:   Saturday, 12 Dec 92 02:00:39 -0800
        Subj:   History of Actresses
 
(3)     From:   Ron Macdonald <
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        Date:   Saturday, 12 Dec 1992 11:13:48 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Doubling, Private Idaho
 
(4)     From:   Lyn Tribble <ETRIB@TEMPLEVM>
        Date:   Saturday, 12 Dec 92 10:51:58 EST
        Subj:   Doubling bibliography
 
(5)     From:   Melinda Hale <
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        Date:   Saturaday, 12 Dec 92 0:42:42 EST
        Subj:   My Own Private Idaho
 
 
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From:           Doris Smith <
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Date:           Friday, 11 Dec 1992 22:40:35 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 3.0360 Rs: *Macbeth* Question
Comment:        Re: SHK 3.0360 Rs: *Macbeth* Question
 
Thank you to everyone who answered my question about "time" in Macbeth.
 
doris smith (
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From:           Leo Daugherty <
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Date:           Saturday, 12 Dec 92 02:00:39 -0800
Subject:        History of Actresses
 
     In answer to Larry Schwartz's query:  if memory serves, the first
woman known to've acted professionally in England was Margaret Hughes,
who played Desdemona for the King's Company right after the
theaters reopened in 1660.
 
                                      Leo Daugherty
                                      The Evergreen State College
 
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Date:           Saturday, 12 Dec 1992 11:13:48 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Doubling, Private Idaho
 
The second appendix of Stephen Booth's *King Lear, Macbeth, Indefinition,
and Tragedy*, entitled "Speculations on Doubling in Shakespeare's Plays"
might be of interest to Don Rowan.
 
Brian Sobus can be sure that it isn't just him.  *My Own Private Idaho*
is indeed based on *1,2 Henry IV*.
 
--Ron Macdonald <
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From:           Lyn Tribble <ETRIB@TEMPLEVM>
Date:           Saturday, 12 Dec 92 10:51:58 EST
Subject:        Doubling bibliography
 
Stephen Booth's *King Lear, Macbeth, Indefinition, and Tragedy* (Yale,
1983) has a lengthy appendix titled "Speculations on Doubling in
Shakespeare's Plays."  In the notes he reviews prior work on
doubling.
 
Hope this helps.
 
Lyn Tribble
Temple University
etrib@templevm
 
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From:           Melinda Hale <
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Date:           Saturaday, 12 Dec 92 0:42:42 EST
Subject:        My Own Private Idaho
 
Oh, yeah, _My Own Private Idaho_ is based on HENRY IV, and if you are
familiar enough with the plays, you can be amused and intrigued (as I was)
at the scenes that are lifted almost verbatim (with a few updates) from
the plays.  The character "Bob" is quite clearly Falstaff, and most of the
scenes in which he appears are straight adaptations of scenes from HENRY
IV and HENRY V.  It's actually fairly clever.  The scene in which Falstaff
boasts of holding off a large group of robbers, actually Hal and Poins
playing a trick, is there, as is Falstaff's death from H5, as well as a
lot of other things.  For example, the line, "What a devil hast thou to do
with the time of day? unless hours were cups of sack, and minutes capons,
and clocks the tongues of bawds, and dials the signs of leaping-houses,
and the blessed sun himself a fair hot wench in flame-colored taffeta;"
is spoken by Keanu Reeves' character Scott (paralleling the prince), changing
the words to refer to things like drugs and "a fair hot boy in black
leather", or something like that.  Scott's father gives him the "Why can't
you be more like Hotspur" lecture, and Hotspur becomes a cousin or son of
a friend or something.  It's worth watching, because it is pretty well
done (if you're not a purist).
 
Melinda Hale
Boston

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