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Re: Royal Blood
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2173  Friday, 14 September 2001

[1]     From:   Al Magary <
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        Date:   Thursday, 13 Sep 2001 08:13:21 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2162 Royal Blood: The Rise and Fall of Kings

[2]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Thursday, 13 Sep 2001 09:00:49 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2162 Royal Blood: The Rise and Fall of Kings


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From:           Al Magary <
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Date:           Thursday, 13 Sep 2001 08:13:21 -0700
Subject: 12.2162 Royal Blood: The Rise and Fall of Kings
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2162 Royal Blood: The Rise and Fall of Kings

It would be interesting to know how they're going to end Thomas of
Woodstock as it's incomplete.

Al Magary

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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Thursday, 13 Sep 2001 09:00:49 -0700
Subject: 12.2162 Royal Blood: The Rise and Fall of Kings
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2162 Royal Blood: The Rise and Fall of Kings

Jim,

I don't usually comment on shows I have not seen, but I'll tell you the
four reasons why I chose not to see them.

1) The company has a terrible reputation.  I checked them out with some
people who live closer than I, and was warned off.

2) The show prior to the histories received good reviews for the
imported actors who originated the production, but savaged everyone
regularly involved in the Pacific Rep.

3) They make the bizarre claim that *Thomas of Wookstock* will be the
next play added to the Shakespearean canon.   No one who knows canon,
texts, etc., believes this.  I wrote questioning this and their date for
Richard II, which they got wrong.  The woman who responded basically
said, "OK, Smarty, why do you think the date of Richard is later?" and
ignored my comments about *Woodstock.*  This gives me the impression
they have a screw lose, though of course ignorance, or even arrogance
about dating and textual matters does not make them a bad theatre
company.  They continue to advertise that *Woodstock* will soon be added
to the canon.

4) I have been receiving their mailings for a few years now, and there
is something unpolished about the way the present themselves.  It need
not follow that unpolished marketing translates into unpolished
productions, but I have not wanted to drive 95 minutes to find out for
sure, especially in light of reasons 1 and 2.

All the best,
Mike Jensen

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