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Re: SSE's Knight of the Burning Pestle
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0139  Tuesday, 26 January 1999.

[1]     From:   Melissa Cook <
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        Date:   Monday, 25 Jan 1999 09:59:08 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0130 The Knight of the Burning Pestle and SSE News

[2]     From:   Robin Hamilton <
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        Date:   Monday, 25 Jan 1999 19:28:34 -0000
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From:           Melissa Cook <
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Date:           Monday, 25 Jan 1999 09:59:08 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 10.0130 The Knight of the Burning Pestle and SSE News
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0130 The Knight of the Burning Pestle and SSE News

I just wanted to add my compliments to the SSE.  I too saw the show and
it was wonderful.  These people bring vitality, enthusiasm, and humor
which is unmatched by any other troupe I've seen.  And for their first
non-Shakespeare related play "The Knight of the Burning Pestle" was
wonderful and, as Dr. Cohen mentioned in the program, very fit for a
modern audience.  In fact I think I've sat in front of some of those
characters at the movies.  All right I'm done with my praise now.  Carry
on.

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From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Monday, 25 Jan 1999 19:28:34 -0000
Subject: 10.0130 The Knight of the Burning Pestle and SSE News
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0130 The Knight of the Burning Pestle and SSE News

>Francis Beaumont's play about plays is as "modern" as
>Shakespeare in Love. Indeed, if Luigi Pirandello, the Marx Brothers, and
>William Shakespeare had collaborated on a play, they might have written
>The Knight of the Burning Pestle."

It's slightly off the point, but it's struck me that Shakespeare
analogises to Brecht in terms of dramatic technique (deliberate
foregrounding of the fictionality of plays [word chosen to avoid the
drama/theatre dispute!]) while Jonson links in with Pirandello, blurring
the boundaries.  Bartholomew Fair begins like Six Characters under any
other name.

In these terms, Beaumont would be Alan Ayckbourne and Webster maybe Tom
Stoppard.

Hm?

Robin Hamilton
 

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