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Re: Acting Time and Cutting Scripts
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 854.  Sunday, 28 November 1993.
From:           Steve Urkowitz <
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Date:           Saturday, 27 Nov 93 17:40:17 EST
Subject: 4.0838  Acting Time and Cutting Scripts
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0838  Acting Time and Cutting Scripts
Well, how about a jaunty, maybe good maybe not so good, essay about acting time
and short-quarto scripts?  "Back to Basics: Thinking about the HAMLET First
Quarto," in Thomas Clayton, ed. THE HAMLET FIRST PUBLISHED (Q1 1603): ORIGINS,
FORMS, INTERTEXTUALITIES (Newark: U of Delaware Press).  Turns out that Peter
Alexander and Alfred Hart and those guys were blowing smoke.  And in the same
Clayton volume, Scott McMillan shows how plays would have been made longer, not
shorter, to make them ready for touring with a smaller cast of actors.
Happy thanksgiving, and other autumnal holiday greetings to those around the
                          Steve Turkey-quarto-witch SURCC@cunyvm

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