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Re: Sly and Induction
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 549.  Tuesday, 14 Sept. 1993.
 
(1)     From:   Larry Schwartz <LSCHWART@NDSUVM1>
        Date:   Monday, 13 Sep 93 09:31:29 CDT
        Subj:   Christopher Sly
 
(2)     From:   Blair Kelly III <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 14 Sep 1993 08:34:36 -0400
        Subj:   Sly in Shrew
 
 
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From:           Larry Schwartz <LSCHWART@NDSUVM1>
Date:           Monday, 13 Sep 93 09:31:29 CDT
Subject:        Christopher Sly
 
On my one and only trip, thus far, to England 11 years ago, I went to the
RSC production of "Taming" at Stratford, and the Christopher Sly induction
was used then.  I think that the platform he was on remained onstage
for the whole play, but I'm a little hazy about it.
 
ls.
 
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From:           Blair Kelly III <
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Date:           Tuesday, 14 Sep 1993 08:34:36 -0400
Subject:        Sly in Shrew
 
One of my favorite productions of The Taming of the Shrew was a 1990
production by the Royal Theatre of York.  They left in the introduction
of Christopher Sly as a drunken lout on whom a passing lord decides to
play a joke.  He has Sly dressed in fine clothes and has his servants
do what Sly asks.  Then the play of the Shrew is performed for Sly.
During the first Katherine scene, she is played by the young male page
--- who had dressed up as Sly's wife.  But then Sly falls asleep, and
the rest is his dream.  Now an actress was Katherine.  And what a
spitfire of a Katherine she was!  But she was well matched with
Petruchio (the lord).  By the end he had tamed her.  But her final
speech ``Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper, thy head, they
sovereign'' is not a speech by a subdued Kate, but by a wiser Kate.  It
was an excellent performance.  At the end, Sly wakes up, returns to his
real wife, and gets a punch in the nose for tying to act like in the
play.
 
One thing that this company did that I really liked was involve the
audience.  At the interval they sold drinks on stage and invited
everyone up.  (It was hot under those lights!  No wonder the performers
were sweating up a storm.)  The performers wandered around talking to
people and started singing popular Italian opera tunes.  At the end of
the interval they got several people to do a medieval dance on the
stage.  And they had several people from the audience play the servants
when Petruchio is throwing one of his fits and complaining that things
are not good enough for his Kate.  It was great!
 
Blair Kelly III

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