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Re: *MV*; African Mac.; Tempest Costumes
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0821.  Thursday, 19 October 1995.
 
(1)     From:   John Boni <
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        Date:   Thursday, 19 Oct 1995 12:24:42 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0812 MV and "Hath not a Jew eyes" speech:
 
(2)     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Thursday, 19 Oct 1995 20:58:27 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0812 Re: African Mac.
 
(3)     From:   Clark Bowlen <
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        Date:   Thursday, 19 Oct 1995 14:12:43 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Tempest costumes
 
 
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From:           John Boni <
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Date:           Thursday, 19 Oct 1995 12:24:42 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 6.0812 MV and "Hath not a Jew eyes" speech:
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0812 MV and "Hath not a Jew eyes" speech:
 
I agree with Bill Godshalk.  It seems to me that the majority of critical
commentators regard the speech as a plea for sympathy by Shylock (and for
Shylock by Shakespeare?).  Only rarely does one see reference to the closing
lines, "The villainy you teach me I will execute, and...I will better the
instruction."
 
Certainly, most productions emphasize the attractive plaint of the first few
lines, sometimes even cutting the last.  And commentators eager to trash the
Christians (an easy enough task) also ignore, or develop an apology for) the
closing lines.
 
In an earlier post, I mentioned that Shakespeare seems to have painted himself
into a corner, becoming interested in the complexities in Shylock.  Many of us
simplify him in the framework of our responses. But, as a statistician friend
warns me, whenever we aggregate we lose something.
 
John M. Boni
 
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From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Thursday, 19 Oct 1995 20:58:27 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 6.0812 Re: African Mac.
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0812 Re: African Mac.
 
The Haworth Shakespeare Festival's *Mac* play in Louisville at the Kentucky
Center on March 10, 1995. Although some Shakespeare directors in the audience
felt that Stephen Rayne had missed some golden opportunities, I thought the
acting was generally first-rate, though the doubling was rather arduous.
 
Yours, Bill Godshalk
 
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From:           Clark Bowlen <
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Date:           Thursday, 19 Oct 1995 14:12:43 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Tempest costumes
 
I found Michael Saengers post on the sea-creature costumes interesting. I
wonder if drawings of them are extant? Many of Inigo Jones' sketches have
survived--he seems the likely designer--though I understand there are not many
from c. 1610, at least in the Devonshire Collection. Regardless of when they
impinged on Shakespeare's creative process, seeing the drawings could tell us
much.
 
Clark Bowlen
 

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