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Re: Inconsistencies
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0810  Friday, 15 March 2002

From:           Don Bloom <
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Date:           Thursday, 14 Mar 2002 10:58:10 -0600
Subject: 13.07396 Re: Inconsistencies
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.07396 Re: Inconsistencies

Thomas Larque writes,

> One obvious answer is that the beard in question was held on with loops
> over the ears or a string around the back of the head, like the
> traditional "Father Christmas" beards seen every December.  This would
> be a lot simpler than gluing a beard on, and would not interfere with a
> short genuine beard underneath.  I have worn a "Father Christmas" beard
> attached with a string behind the head over my real beard with no
> difficulty.

I gather that TL is implying that this string-tied beard would hold up
and be persuasive under the rigors of stage performance as well as it
would in a Christmas party setting. If so, I wish I'd known it then. The
director assured me it had to be glued on.

(Good point about Feste as Sir Thopas -- except Malvolio is being held
"in hideous darkness," and thus is in no position to a real beard from a
good fake from a bad fake.)

Cheers,
don

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