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Re: *Twelfth Night*
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.008  Friday, 2 January 1998.

[1]     From:   Marilyn Bonomi <
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        Date:   Thursday, 01 Jan 1998 10:48:40 -0500
        Subj:   SHK 8.1266  Re: *Twelfth Night*

[2]     From:   Carl Fortunato <
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        Date:   Thursday, 01 Jan 98 14:06:00 -0400
        Subj:   Re: *Twelfth Night*


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From:           Marilyn Bonomi <
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Date:           Thursday, 01 Jan 1998 10:48:40 -0500
Subject: Re: *Twelfth Night*
Comment:        SHK 8.1266  Re: *Twelfth Night*

Safe versus risky productions,  hmm...  How about the Yale Repertory
Theatre production, I think about 6 years ago-maybe less, but at my age
I've long since lost track of time.

Staged as a 1960's piece-Feste as a lounge crooner (one of the few
things that worked for me, actually), excessively cruel punishment for
Malvolio at the end (bloody flogging!), the dissolute nature of the
characters making virtually all of them more or less despicable.  Olivia
as the European nobility breezing in and out.

Taking student audiences to see it was an embarrassment.  Seeing it as
an adult was an embarrassment of a different sort.

Anyone else remember this one and willing to comment on it?

Happy New Year!
Marilyn B.

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From:           Carl Fortunato <
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Date:           Thursday, 01 Jan 98 14:06:00 -0400
Subject:        Re: *Twelfth Night*

> Just to correct a small inaccuracy...

> I think the version of "Twelfth Night", produced by Renaissance Films,
> currently being discussed was directed by Trevor Nunn, rather than by
> Sir Peter Hall.

> Possibly the best casting in the piece was the county of Cornwall as
> the scenery, but Renaissance are good at that - Blenheim Palace in
> their Hamlet far outclassed any of the actors.

I thought Ben Kingsley as Feste was rather wonderful.  He played him as
some sort of a holy fool - almost a mystical figure, and I like it very
much.  The rest of the casting I didn't much care for.  Sir Toby was so
unimpressive that only don't I remember his name - I don't remember what
he looked like.
 

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