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Re: What did Feste know? Part Two
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0491  Friday, 19 March 1999.

[1]     From:   Geralyn Horton <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Mar 1999 10:54:20 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0488 What did Feste Know

[2]     From:   Mike Field <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Mar 1999 11:00:52 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0488 What did Feste Know

[3]     From:   Karen Elizabeth Berrigan <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Mar 1999 14:32:39 -0400 (AST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0488 What did Feste Know


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From:           Geralyn Horton <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Mar 1999 10:54:20 -0500
Subject: 10.0488 What did Feste Know, and when did he know it?
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0488 What did Feste Know, and when did he know it?

>I have not encountered the suggestion
>that Feste, in fact, recognizes Cesario as a woman.  After rereading the
>scene with this notion in mind, I was struck by the ironic possibilities
>underlying their exchange (most notably Feste's begging a second coin

I can testify that the suggestion has been made: it was the way this
scene was played in the 12th Night I saw last week at the New Rep in
Newton, Mass, directed by the AD Rick Lombardo as a Jazz Age frolic and
underlining the physical comedy.  The recognition seemed to work well in
the scene.  The Feste, Steven Barkhimer, was an admirable performer and
his Feste, involved but not invested in all the goings on, easily
justified a minor reaction to a major discovery. But it became, for me
at least, an odd bit of plotting when no consequence followed
later......... or at least no consequence that I noticed.

G.L.Horton http://www.tiac.net/users/ghorton

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From:           Mike Field <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Mar 1999 11:00:52 -0500
Subject: 10.0488 What did Feste Know, and when did he know it?
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0488 What did Feste Know, and when did he know it?

The Shakespeare Theater in Washington recently presented a misguided and
disappointing Twelfth Night that played Feste knowing Viola's secret and
claiming a nice "tip" to keep his mouth shut. It played well, made
sense, and may have been the most interesting thing in the entire
evening.

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From:           Karen Elizabeth Berrigan <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Mar 1999 14:32:39 -0400 (AST)
Subject: 10.0488 What did Feste Know, and when did he know it?
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0488 What did Feste Know, and when did he know it?

I just saw the movie Twelfth Night with Ben Kingsley playing Feste as
one who seems to know everything.  He is portrayed as watching the
shipwreck and thus in possession of information that no one else has.  I
think the director must have gotten this idea from the idea you picked
up in the speech you quoted.  Usually, I loathe Shakespearean clowns, so
I really enjoyed this version of Feaste as a knowing manipulator rather
than an incomprehensible fool
 

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