The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2320 Wednesday, 12 December 2000
Date: Tuesday, 12 Dec 2000 20:59:30 -0500
Subject: 11.2305 Re: Shakespeare Pairings
Comment: Re: SHK 11.2305 Re: Shakespeare Pairings
Mike Jensen writes:
>I am going to show a clip from I Love Lucy (Lucy on a ledge in a
>Superman costume) along with the basket scene from the BBC Merry Wives
>to demonstrate how close this play is to a modern sitcom. Now there is
>a strange pairing. Some will want to note that the empowerment issues
>contrast interestingly between Lucy and Wives.
A few years ago, the Tulane Shakespeare Festival in New Orleans
anticipated this pairing. One of the wives was a curly redhead and the
characters wore '50s styles. They also used a convertible on the stage.
As for what play to pair with Merry Wives, I'd pick The Roaring Girl
over A Mad World, My Masters; The Roaring Girl's Laxton has a few things
in common with Falstaff.