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Re: Sonnet 144; Bianca; ACT Shrew
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0762. Friday, 30 September 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Pat Buckridge <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 28 Sep 1994 16:46:44 +1000 (EST)
        Subj:   Sonnet #144
 
(2)     From:   Ronald Dwelle <
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        Date:   Thursday, 29 Sep 94 08:19:08 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0755  Re: Bianca
 
(3)     From:   Joyce Crim <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 28 Sep 1994 15:29:34 -0600
        Subj:   Re: ACT Shrew
 
 
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From:           Pat Buckridge <
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Date:           Wednesday, 28 Sep 1994 16:46:44 +1000 (EST)
Subject:        Sonnet #144
 
To Mary Tyler Knowles:
 
There is what appears to be an analogous usage in Donne's Elegy, 'The
Comparison':
 
'Thine's like the dread mouth of a fir'd gun'
 
(The 'thine' being the genitals of his antagonist's mistress).
 
Pat Buckridge.
 
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Date:           Thursday, 29 Sep 94 08:19:08 EST
Subject: 5.0755  Re: Bianca
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0755  Re: Bianca
 
>With all due respect to Ronald Dwelle--
        "Shrew" is animalistic, but "bitch" is not???!
 
>Jean Peterson
>Bucknell University
 
In animal terms, "shrew" is vicious, "bitch" is not.
 
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From:           Joyce Crim <
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Date:           Wednesday, 28 Sep 1994 15:29:34 -0600
Subject:        Re: ACT Shrew
 
The ACT production of Shrew, which I saw on televison, was the most enjoyable
Shrew I have seen. The acrobatics around the ship's mast and pirate-type chorus
with noisemakers are  still vivid pictures in my mind. To me the key to success
was in the casting of both Petruchio and Kate as young, attractive, lusty,
physical lovers, who were obviously meant for each other.  As I remember it,
the actors were equally matched in their ability to torment each other.  For
me, their struggle represented a mating-dance, not sexual abuse.  The physical
comedy worked to create a sense of joy.
 
Another production which played up the lusty side of Shrew was the
Burton-Taylor movie. (I seem to remember struggles in haylofts and the omission
of large chunks of text.)
 
My point is that, for today's audiences, one can (if one WISHES) down-play the
sexism of the "taming" by emphasizing the physical compatibility (even
combatibility !) of the lovers.
 
This is my first posting.  As a reader and an audience member, I am a fan of
both scholarship and theatrical productions. Go easy on me, please.
 
If anyone knows of a legal way I can purchase a copy of the ACT Shrew, please
let me know.  Thanks.
 
Joyce Crim
 

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