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Re: RSC MND; R3 Film; Physical Size of Elizabethans
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0245.  Thursday, 28 March 1996.

(1)     From:   Scott Crozier <
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        Date:   Thursday, 28 Mar 1996 13:35:02 +1000
        Subj:   Re: RSC Dream

(2)     From:   Laura Blanchard <
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        Date:   Thursday, 28 Mar 1996 08:40:48 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0242 Qs: *R3* Film

(3)     From:   James Schaefer <
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        Date:   Thursday, 28 Mar 1996 12:32:27 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Physical Size of Elizabethans


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From:           Scott Crozier <
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Date:           Thursday, 28 Mar 1996 13:35:02 +1000
Subject:        Re: RSC Dream

Rick Kincaid commented:

"For those of you in the NYC area: If you have the chance to see the RSC's A
Midsummer Night's Dream at the Lunt Fontane please do so. The production was
imaginative, sensual and humorous, the acting dead on. I thoroughly enjoyed it,
which was more than I expected, having seen it and done too many times myself.

And though it does capture the sensuality of the fairies and the lovers, it
isn't so overt that you'll be answering uncomfortable questions from your
children on the way home from the theater."

I too have seen this production - four times and I would suggest that the last
paragraph of the above comment suggests more about the inadequacies of the
production than its supposed brilliance. It is colourful, it sounds beautiful;
but it lacks integrity of character; it gets lost by doubling the fairies with
the mechanicals when the central dream is not Bottom's; it is static and the
lovers relive the buffoonery of Peter Hall's 1958 production.

A production for kids maybe, but not for anyone out for theatre for the brain.

Regards,
Scott Crozier

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From:           Laura Blanchard <
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Date:           Thursday, 28 Mar 1996 08:40:48 -0500
Subject: 7.0242 Qs: *R3* Film
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0242 Qs: *R3* Film

I have one of the pre-release reviews from SHAKSPER posted on our McKellen film
site, along with excerpts of reviews from the major NY papers and virtually
everything from the international distribution company's press kit. There's a
link right from the home page -- you can't miss it, since it's a thumbnail of
McKellen in full 30s regalia.

Regards,
Laura Blanchard
Richard III Society, American Branch

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From:           James Schaefer <
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Date:           Thursday, 28 Mar 1996 12:32:27 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Physical Size of Elizabethans

Elizabeth Schmitt:

I am inclined to agree with the short-bed, small-clothes, low-ceiling evidence,
but, as others have pointed out, beware of the vagaries of time in what has
survived as evidence, or of selection processes of which we may not be aware
(*A Canticle for Leibowitz* was a nice fictional example of the latter some
decades ago).  Having bumped my head at Fallingwater, I might draw mistaken
conclusions about the stature of Edgar Kaufmann's family, when in fact Frank
Llyod Wright built everything to his own 5'7" scale.

Jim Schaefer
6'1"
 

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