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Re: Malvolio
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0989.  Wednesday, 1 October 1997.

[1]     From:   Ian Munro <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 1 Oct 1997 00:15:40 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0980  Many Queries

[2]     From:   Dale Lyles <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 1 Oct 1997 07:30:46 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Malvolio


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From:           Ian Munro <
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Date:           Wednesday, 1 Oct 1997 00:15:40 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 8.0980  Many Queries
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0980  Many Queries

Carl Fortunato writes:

> Has anybody seen any productions where Malvolio's imprisonment was *in
> no way* tragic, and if so, how was it pulled off?

No, but why were you trying to?  I think that the cruel way that
Malvolio is treated is an essential part of the play.  The presence of
suffering in  the midst of frivolity is a typical characteristic of
Shakespearean comedy, and it adds greatly to the philosophical and
ideological complexity of _TN_.  After all, the rain it raineth every
day.  Mind you, I liked the bit about the picnic table.

Ian Munro

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From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Wednesday, 1 Oct 1997 07:30:46 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Malvolio

As I've mentioned before, our Feste lampooned the televangelist Ernest
Ainsley in that scene, making it extremely raucous.  And we laughed
Malovolio off the stage after Olivia's "out of question" line.  We
allowed him not a shred of dignity, pesky Puritan.

Dale Lyles
Newnan Community Theatre Company
 

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