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Re: Two Gents, Catching Cold
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1939  Thursday, 2 August 2001

From:           Billy Houck <
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Date:           Thursday, 2 Aug 2001 02:19:52 EDT
Subject: 12.1922 Re: Two Gents, Catching Cold
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1922 Re: Two Gents, Catching Cold

In a message dated 8/1/01 7:40:49 AM, David Wallace writes:

<< Houck's description appears to
report the play as a farce and the characters as puppets. The result
produces politics where we ought to see personalities; cheap shots where
genuine spiritual concerns are at stake. >>

I beg your pardon.

Perhaps I was not making myself clear.

I am the director of the production described.

I was not asking for anyone to write an analysis of a production they
had not seen.

I was writing a description of my production, and asking if anyone had
another method of staging this scene. There must be many.  In a scant 25
lines, a man tries to rape a woman, is stopped by his friend, who is
also the woman's lover, who accepts his apology then offers to give his
rights to the woman to his friend, the rapist. Meanwhile, the rapist's
lover, who is  dressed as a boy, "swoons."

Getting all this action into this very short time with any sense of
plausibility creates a problem for directors. I solved it by giving
Silvia a chance to fight back.

I'm interested in hearing about others' interpretations.

Billy Houck

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