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Re: Orlando
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0054  Wednesday, 10 January 2001

[1]     From:   Edmund Taft <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 09 Jan 2001 13:00:26 -0500
        Subj:   Orlando

[2]     From:   L. Swilley <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 9 Jan 2001 13:49:13 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0043 Re: Orlando


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From:           Edmund Taft <
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Date:           Tuesday, 09 Jan 2001 13:00:26 -0500
Subject:        Orlando

When Orlando and Charles first enter they are naked from the waist up
(or they soon take off their shirts and show their pecs).  Orlando shows
courage and then performs right in front of Rosalind and defeats
Charles, all the while his muscles gleaming with sweat.  Rosalind thinks
of Hercules before his victory, and after, she exclaims, "O excellent
young man!"

Now, Don, you can intellectualize this if you must, but the initial
basis for Rosalind's attraction is clear!  It's the same as when an
eighteen-year-old male goes to the beach and sees a girl in a bikini
play volleyball: "Va-va voom!"

--Ed Taft (remembering his lost youth)

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From:           L. Swilley <
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Date:           Tuesday, 9 Jan 2001 13:49:13 -0600
Subject: 12.0043 Re: Orlando
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0043 Re: Orlando

In a previous posting, I described the all-male production of "As You
Like It" presented in London many a year ago.  I forgot to report the
performance of the extraordinary wrestling match between Orlando and
Charles:  Orlando subdued Charles, finally, by a violent knocking of
heads, the sound of it so loud the audience gasped for the safety of the
actors - and, indeed, from my perspective from a close seat with a full
view of Orlando's face, it did appear for a moment that the principal,
whose eyes suddenly glazed over then happily returned to focus, would
join his opponent in the latter's drop to the stage as a result of the
"pretended" blow.

L. Swilley
 

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