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Re: *JC* at Globe; Utah Festival; Radio Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0817.  Tuesday, 5 August 1997.

[1]     From:   John Drakakis <
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        Date:   Monday, 4 Aug 1997 16:36:10 +0100
        Subj:   RE: SHK 8.0815 Re: *JC* at Globe

[2]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Monday, 04 Aug 1997 19:24:51 +0100
        Subj:   SHK 8.0814  Utah Shakespearean Festival -Reply

[3]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Monday, 04 Aug 1997 21:05:05 +0100
        Subj:   More Old Radio Shakespeare


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From:           John Drakakis <
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Date:           Monday, 4 Aug 1997 16:36:10 +0100
Subject: 8.0815 Re: *JC* at Globe
Comment:        RE: SHK 8.0815 Re: *JC* at Globe

There is a brief account of a Globe performance  of JC probably in the
early autumn of 1599. I have suggested elsewhere (Shakespeare Survey
1991) that it may well have been the play which inaugurated the new
theatre.

Cheers,
John Drakakis

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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Monday, 04 Aug 1997 19:24:51 +0100
Subject: Utah Shakespearean Festival -Reply
Comment:        SHK 8.0814  Utah Shakespearean Festival -Reply

With respect, Dave Evett and I had rather different experiences at the
Utah Shakespearean Festival.  I agree with most of his comments, and
perhaps I am just too demanding, but the experience disappointed me
overall.

There was an excellent, if over cut Hamlet, a very good Henry V, an OK
Pericles, and a very disappointing Twelfth Night.  All productions were
marred by uneven acting and Twelfth Night by poor direction.

Imagine a production where Sir Toby and Sir Andrew wore zanier costumes
than Malvolio in his yellow stockings.  You'll find it in Utah.  Even
worse, Malvolio entered and held out his arms, as if to say look at me.
When he did so, his bottom half was blocked by a banner.  We couldn't
look at him!  Feste was a happy fool.  The result, two of his sure fire
laugh lines barely received a chuckle.  They had absolutely no interest
in the dark side of this very dark comedy.  I was told by two of the
fest sponsors that this safety is typical of the festival.  They always
take to lightest possible approach.

I went expecting an Ashland like experience: a charming town, good
second hand bookstores, good restaurants, very good-but-not-great
theater.  The town lacks charm, the two second hand bookstores are lousy
(unless you want a genre paperback), not all the meals were bad, but all
were disappointing, and the theater averages out as merely goodish.
Even the University library disappointed me.  Sure, if I were in the
neighborhood anyway, I'd definitely stop for the theater, but I have no
other reason to be in the neighborhood!

Mike Jensen

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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Monday, 04 Aug 1997 21:05:05 +0100
Subject:        More Old Radio Shakespeare

Unmentioned by previous correspondents is a quite nice two part Othello
that was broadcast on the anthology series Suspense on 5/4 and 5/11,
1953.  It was adapted by and stars the gifted Eliot Lewis, who may be
best known for playing Frank Remley on The Phil Harris/Alice Faye Show.
You won't recognize the actor in this role.
The two shows are available on one tape from:

Radio Spirits, Inc.
P.O. Box 2141
Schiller Park, IL 60176
(800) 723-4648

Their prices are on a sliding scale; you pay less per tape as you buy
more. The top cost for a single tape is $6.98, plus shipping.

Their service?  Well, SHAKSPER isn't about flaming anyone.  Let me just
say I have had excellent service from Radio Spirits.  They have treated
me considerably better than Radio Yesteryear did a couple of years back.

Bernice W. Kliman had a nice little article about the CBS series years
ago, in an issue of Shakespeare on Film Newsletter.  If you have any
back numbers laying around, I suggest looking it up.

Best to all,
Mike Jensen
 

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