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Re: Shrew Induction
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0262.  Thursday, 4 April 1996.

(1)     From:   Jeff Myers <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 3 Apr 1996 08:31:08 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0254 Q: Shrew Induction

(2)     From:   Eric Armstrong <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 3 Apr 1996 09:04:19 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0254  Shrew Induction

(3)     From:   Juul Muller <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 3 Apr 1996 19:44:55
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0254  Qs: Shrew Induction


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From:           Jeff Myers <
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Date:           Wednesday, 3 Apr 1996 08:31:08 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 7.0254 Q: Shrew Induction
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0254 Q: Shrew Induction

The Stratford Festival in Canada sells a videotape of a delightful production
of _Shrew_ that includes (I believe) all of the Sly material.

Jeff Myers

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Date:           Wednesday, 3 Apr 1996 09:04:19 -0500
Subject: 7.0254  Shrew Induction
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0254  Shrew Induction

I saw a marvelous production at the RSC a few years ago which featured the
induction. The "concept" of the play was that a bunch of "Sloan Rangers" -
young, rich Brit society types - had hired a group of actors to do the play -
and as a prank before the show began, kidnapped Sly. The set was essentially a
wood panelled drawing room of a rich kids house. Many of the smaller roles were
played by the rich kids with the sides in hand. This was an EXTREMELY effective
production in my mind, and I really enjoyed it.

The framing device carried through the play and it made sense - and seemed to
underline the class/political differences the director  chose - the 'working
class' nature of the actors was in high contrast to the snobbery and silliness
of the 'artistocractic' kids. It also allowed the company to feature a whole
gang of young actors.

Eric Armstrong
The School of Dramatic Art
University of Windsor, Canada

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From:           Juul Muller <
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Date:           Wednesday, 3 Apr 1996 19:44:55
Subject: 7.0254  Qs: Shrew Induction
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0254  Qs: Shrew Induction

Yes, I've seen Shrew done with the Induction and everything else, by De Appel,
an innovative Dutch theatre group. This particular production was in the late
Seventies and Sly did indeed remain on stage, watching quietly from a corner,
when not "on" Mostly, we forgot about him but when he returned at the end, my
then- teenage children said "What a pity it was all a dream! Even though the
title says it is, one believes in the story." I agree. It is a bit of a
letdown, leaving one back in the real world rather than in fairlyland. Has
anyone managed to avoid that?

Julie Muller
Hogeschool Holland
Diemen (Amsterdam)
 

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