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Re: Malvolio; Chronology
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0146.  Wednesday, 1 March 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Dale Lyles <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 28 Feb 1995 22:10:01 -0500
        Subj:   Re: Laughing at Malvolio
 
(2)     From:   J. H. Link 
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        Date:   Wednesday, 1 Mar 95 10:00:37 JST
        Subj:   response to chronology
 
 
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From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Tuesday, 28 Feb 1995 22:10:01 -0500
Subject:        Re: Laughing at Malvolio
 
We laughed at Malvolio in my theatre's production many years ago, but what I
was hoping for, directorially, was a dismissive kind of laughter, much as
Glenda the Good Witch laughs at the WWW: "Begone!  You have no power here!"
 
I had just seen one too many autumnal,melancholy *TN*s [Atlanta, BBC, and
Stratford/RSC] and was determined to reclaim the joy in the piece.  Malvolio
got his just comeuppance, snotty bastard that he is, or at least was in our
production.  When he howled his last threat, it was empty, and everyone knew
it.  The audience laughed too.
 
Funny story: on the way out of the theatre, a patron stopped and said, "That
was a very funny play.  Who wrote it?"  And most were convinced that we had
"modernized" the text somehow.
 
Dale Lyles
Newnan Community Theatre Co.
 
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From:           J. H. Link 
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Date:           Wednesday, 1 Mar 95 10:00:37 JST
Subject:        response to chronology
 
Mr. Forse  suggests that perhaps the order in which the plays were written,
given the short time span, doesn't matter too much.  This seems sensible.  He
also suggests that TEMPEST was commissioned by the Court but I am not aware
that there is any evidence of any kind that the play was so commissioned.
Still, my main concern is how can we justify the almost universal ORDER of the
plays in all complete Shakespeare editions, inc. Riverside, of CYMB, WT, and
TEMPEST?
 

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