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Re: Shakespeare and Company
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0276.  Saturday, 8 April 1995.
 
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Date:           Friday, 7 Apr 1995 12:40:47 +0059 (EDT)
Subject: 6.0257 Qs: Shakespeare and Company;
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0257 Qs: Shakespeare and Company;
 
Three actors of my acquaintance have been through Shakespeare & Co's intensive:
two were very pleased with their progress, one dropped out part way through,
from stress.  I have seen the work of the company: I could dig out some of the
reviews I wrote, if requested.  The senior company members are VERY good. Tina
Packer's WOMEN OF WILL and the Bare Bones small-cast JULIUS CEASAR are among
the best Shakespeare I've seen -- and I have seen the Royal Shakes and
productions at the National, as well as Stratford, Ontario and dozens of the
Papp productions. The student company is more of a mixed bag, but I have
enjoyed the student productions I've seen, and intend to see them again this
summer. I think that the Company's approach, a multipronged one that attacks
from politics, psychology, poetry, etc, and then synthesizes, is admirable.
Have you seen the book about the Company's methods? I'm sorry I can't remeber
the name of it. It was available in the bookstores here about 3-5 years ago, at
least that's when I read it. It may have been called something like "the
Company She Keeps" --I believe the focus was on Packer's vision -- and a data
search using her name should turn it up.  G. L. Horton
 

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