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Re: Richard II
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2624  Monday, 19 November 2001

From:           Jim Slager <
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Date:           Friday, 16 Nov 2001 12:06:52 -0800
Subject:        Re: Richard II

>God, I love this play. Why isn't it performed more often?

>Brian Willis

I agree, RII just doesn't seem to get the respect it deserves.  Even
during Stratford's "This England, the Histories" last year RII was
delegated to the smallest theater.

I suspect that a reason that it is not performed more often is that
modern audiences prefer action and RII is more of a cerebral play.

A second reason may be that it is more demanding of the cast and
director.  Some plays are easier than other to produce and RII must be
done properly or it bombs.  I learned this by seeing it performed poorly
at Carmel last month.

Jim Slager

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