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Re: *MND* Productions; Stylistics; Dictionary
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0317.  Wednesday, 6 April 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Jerald Bangham <
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        Date:   Monday, 04 Apr 1994 19:54:31
        Subj:   MND Productions
 
(2)     From:   Michael Caulfield <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 06 Apr 1994 01:46:29 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Stylistics
 
(3)     From:   James Harner <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 6 Apr 1994 10:39:53 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   RE: SHK 5.0312  Q: A Dictionary of Shakespeare's Sexual Puns
 
 
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From:           Jerald Bangham <
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Date:           Monday, 04 Apr 1994 19:54:31
Subject:        MND Productions
 
>I am intersted in receiving information from people who have seen recent
>English productions of MND.
 
I saw Lepage's 1992 MND at the National.  Not under ideal conditions.  The
acrobat who played Puck had managed to injure herself and so an understudy more
or less walked-through the role.  A good vocal performance (I've been told it
was hard to understand the acrobat) but little blocking.  I guess that there
just wasn't any way to duplicate the acrobatics (evidently mainly done on a
rope that hung from the flies).
 
Generally I enjoyed the producton.  In recent years I suppose I've seen more
MSNDs than any other Shakespearean play, and have no problem dealing with an
offbeat approach.  A lot of the strange things that were done really seemed to
work.
 
It must have been pure hell for the actors, though.  Just the thought of all of
the wet costumes and mattresses piling up backstage gave me pause.  How do you
get all that stuff dry again?  Also I heard there were lots of injuries and
that the water was very cold.
 
I suppose that I shouldn't assume that everyone reading this is familiar with
this particular production.  Almost all of the action took place in a pool of
rather muddy water and the first row of the audience were provided with plastic
rain capes.  The main prop was a bed that could be poled around the pool like a
gondola and was used many other ways as well.
 
It all sounds bizarre and it was.  It also sounds pretty dreadful, but I
enjoyed it.  I would have liked to see the acrobatic Puck though.
 
Jerry Bangham

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From:           Michael Caulfield <
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Date:           Wednesday, 06 Apr 1994 01:46:29 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Stylistics
 
Many thanks to Lynne Magnusson for pointing me towards Wright's _Hendiadys and
Hamlet_. It was exactly what I needed.
 
Michael Caulfield
Merrimack NH
 
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From:           James Harner <
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Date:           Wednesday, 6 Apr 1994 10:39:53 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 5.0312  Q: A Dictionary of Shakespeare's Sexual Puns
Comment:        RE: SHK 5.0312  Q: A Dictionary of Shakespeare's Sexual Puns
 
Athlone Press (London) has just announced a 3-volume +Dictionary of Sexual
Language and Imagery in Shakespearean and Stuart Literature+ by Gordon
Williams. I recall, though, that the price was quite steep--well over 200
pounds sterling!
 
                Jim Harner
                World Shakespeare Bibliography
 

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