Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 565. Wednesday, 22 Sept. 1993.
Date: Thursday, 16 Sep 1993 21:13:36 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 4.0538 Q: Christopher Sly; Re: Prostitute's Death
Comment: Re: SHK 4.0538 Q: Christopher Sly; Re: Prostitute's Death
Re Christopher Sly and the full induction:
An outdoor performance of SHREW in Earl Bales Park, Toronto, used the full
induction. Sly watched most of the play from a balcony, drinking copious
amounts of ale, and periodically falling asleep. Near the end of the
play, when Bianca is sneaking off to marry "Cambio", the servants arrange
an impromptu entertainment to distract anyone who might notice that the
two lovers are missing. They require a third body for a sound-and-light
show, and co-opt Sly. The hilarious part of all this is that Sly had
clearly been bored by merely watching the players, but once he became a
player himself, even though it was only a tableau, he got right into the
spirit of the thing. I think that is the cleverest use I've ever seen
made of Sly in the latter part of the play.