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Qs: "wood"/"woo'd"; RSC Reviews; Feminist Performance
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0581.  Tuesday, 28 June 1994.
 
(1)     From:   John Massa <
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        Date:   Monday, 27 Jun 94 09:24 CST
        Subj:   MSD: Demetrius is "wood" by Helena?
 
(2)     From:   Tom Jensen <
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        Date:   Monday, 27 Jun 94 09:54:55 MDT
        Subj:   Q: Reviews of current RSC H5 and H6 part 3 and hotels
 
(3)     From:   Mary Ellen Zurko <
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        Date:   Tuesday, June 28, 1994
        Subj:   [Feminist] Performance Criticism - query
 
 
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From:           John Massa <
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Date:           Monday, 27 Jun 94 09:24 CST
Subject:        MSD: Demetrius is "wood" by Helena?
 
          [Enter Demetrius, Helena following him.
 
       DEMETRIUS
          I love thee not, therefore pursue me not.
          Where is Lysander, and fair Hermia?
          The one I'll slay, the other slayeth me.
          Thou told'st me they were stol'n unto this wood,
          And here am I, and WOOD WITHIN THIS WOOD
          Because I cannot meet my Hermia.
          Hence get thee gone, and follow me no more.
 
 
It seems to me that the first "wood" in "wood within this wood" (Demetrius to
Helena in MSD 2.1.191) could mean "woo'd" (i.e., pursued romantically) since
Demetrius is definitely being woo'd in a big way by Helena.  I have seen notes
that the first "wood" means essentially "very angry" (e.g.  Arden edition) but
the pun on "woo'd" seems obvious and not a reach at all, especially on stage
for the actor.
 
Does anyone else see "woo'd" as a possibile interpretation, or know of any
reason to exclude this meaning?
 
Any references?
 
John Massa 
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From:           Tom Jensen <
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Date:           Monday, 27 Jun 94 09:54:55 MDT
Subject:        Q: Reviews of current RSC H5 and H6 part 3 and hotels
 
Has anyone seen the current RSC productions of H5 and H6 part 3 at
Stratford-upon-Avon?  I'd be interested in any reviews and comparisons.
 
Also, I'm looking for a hotel.  On previous visits I've tried the White Swan
(tf-sigh), the Stratford House (acceptable), the Moat House (could be a Holiday
Inn) and a several of the B&Bs.  There must be something better.  I'd be
interested in any suggestions and particularly any information about the Arden
Thistle (the hotel across from the theatre.)
 
Thanks.  (If the news isn't of general interest, feel free to E-Mail me
directly at tjensen.dsd.es.com.
                                          Thomas Jensen
 
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From:           Mary Ellen Zurko <
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Date:           Tuesday, June 28, 1994
Subject:        [Feminist] Performance Criticism - query
 
Can anyone point me towards some good performance criticism that might
highlight the kinds of issues that come up in performing Shakespeare? Also, any
pointers to feminist performance criticism would be deeply appreciated. I've
read a fair amount (for a lay person) of Shakespearean [and feminist]
criticism, but I find myself at a loss when people start translating what I
consider to be textually-centered discussions of character to
performance-centered discussions of the same thing (unless they use pragmatic
examples, which I also have some experience with). Thanks.
        Mez
 

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