The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2116 Thursday, 2 December 1999.
Date: Wednesday, 01 Dec 1999 13:49:55 -0500
Subject: 10.2096 Re: Lechery
Comment: Re: SHK 10.2096 Re: Lechery
Ed Taft agrees that "Lucio . . . is irresponsible in his sexual life,
and he also uses lower-class women. Is this true of the Duke as well?"
I'm among the doubters, but I do recall with pleasure the treatment of
MM 4.1 in a 1930s-setting production at Stratford, Ont. (early '80s?).
The very seductive Kathleen Widdoes as Mariana, in Key-lime-green silk,
was lying on a chaise-longue listening to a recording of a jazz setting
of "Take, O Take"; William Hutt as a very sophisticated Duke came in,
hung up his blazer and put on a waiting dressing gown, then mixed
martinis for both of them, in what was evidently a customary ritual;
there were presumably pajamas and a toothbrush for him in another room.
Explained how he came to be acquainted with her problem in a nicely