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Re: Time in "Comedy of Errors"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1033  Friday, 18 June 1999.

[1]     From:   Gabriel Egan <
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        Date:   Thursday, 17 Jun 1999 12:21:02 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1025 Re: Time in "Comedy of Errors"

[2]     From:   Dale Lyles <
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        Date:   Thursday, 17 Jun 1999 21:18:45 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1025 Re: Time in "Comedy of Errors"


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From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Thursday, 17 Jun 1999 12:21:02 +0100
Subject: 10.1025 Re: Time in "Comedy of Errors"
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1025 Re: Time in "Comedy of Errors"

Steve Lawrence asks

>Here's a third possibility: were there any
>clocks within earshot of Shakespeare's Globe?

Steve Sohmer reckons that the hourly tolling of the bells of St. Mary
Overy (now Southwark Cathedral) and St. Bennet's at Paul's Wharf would
be audible inside the Globe (_Shakespeare's Mystery Play_, Manchester
UP, 1999, p. 96). Sohmer finds uses of this phenomenon in JC, TN, and
HAM.

Gabriel Egan

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From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Thursday, 17 Jun 1999 21:18:45 EDT
Subject: 10.1025 Re: Time in "Comedy of Errors"
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1025 Re: Time in "Comedy of Errors"

I think it's clowning.  When we did the play, the constant referral to
the time struck us, and so the entire cast donned cheap looking watches
of all manner of descriptions, and whenever any reference to the time
was made, everyone checked their watches.  A & D of Syracuse had watches
with fliptop covers, and they developed a running gag of flipping them
open and shut in unison.

To extend the discussion even further, we noticed the same thing in our
recent production of Shrew, although we resisted the temptation to pull
the same gag.  Has anyone else noticed the constant references to the
time in Shrew?

Dale Lyles
Newnan Community Theatre Company
--soon to be in a new building!!!!--
 

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