Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0862. Thursday, 27 October 1994.
Date: Wednesday, 26 Oct 1994 11:27:57 +0059 (EDT)
Subject: [Cheek by Jowell and Computer Question]
When I saw *Measure for Measure* at the Lyric, I had much the same
reaction as Tom Keever and Clement Fowler. But one of my companions with
friends in the company informed me that the actress playing Isabella had
a very bad cold and was toughing it out that week. She also surprised me
by saying that four of the last five productions of *Measure for Measure*
she'd seen had played the Angelo-Isabella scene as attempted rape or
assault: that part of the interpretation thus can't be derived from the
company's "energetic" and "physical" style. From what, then? Perhaps
nothing more than the modern lack of sensitivity to the play's subtleties
and concerns. It's hard to imagine a production that could portray, say,
the ambiguities of Angelo's proposal of marriage to a woman he supposes
is a nun if the members of the audience were not already somewhat aware
of such matters; and in the absense of such awareness, or imagination,
we fill the void with what we do know.
Re: Apple computers
I know almost nothing about computers, but I have been blessed with a
Macintosh LC575 and must make the most of it. After several attempts to
breach the wall separating me from the second reality of computer
literacy, I've fallen back to regroup. (I've learned that I should have
an IBM instead, but I must make do.) What are the best CD-ROM Shakespeare
editions and analytic software programs to use?