The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0356 Wednesday 3 March 1999.
Date: Tuesday, 02 Mar 1999 11:21:01 -0500
Subject: Merry Wive's Appeal
My wife is in the process of selecting a Shakespeare play to adapt (that
is, shorten) for this year's Maryland Renaissance Festival. This is a
diverse audience with many other simultaneous entertainment choices at
the festival, so audience appeal is very important. In the past, certain
plays were excellent draws-R&J, Macbeth; while certain others drew
poorly-Love's Labour's Lost, Tempest. We are wondering if list members
with a sense of general audiences would care to rate the possible appeal
of Merry Wives-attract, neutral or repel? While we're at it, if anyone
would like to suggest his/her own subjective list of Shakespeare's
top-ten draws we'd love to see it.
If this seems inappropriate please feel free to reply off-list to me: