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Men in Tights
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0869  Thursday, 28 March 2002

From:           Karen Peterson <
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Date:           Monday, 25 Mar 2002 15:35:05 -0800 (PST)
Subject:        Men in Tights

Brian Willis wrote,

> Any attempt at
> variation or updating of the play meets with harsh
> criticism from
> conservative circles. I'm sure that some people even
> refuse to accept a
> production that doesn't perform in period costuming.

Just back from the SAA and trying to get through the accumulated
messages.  Brian's response sparked a question.

Are any of the established, professional groups which do Shakespeare (in
any part of the planet) actually doing Shakespeare in period costuming
these days?  All the performances I have seen in the past few years have
been "updated" or alternatively, "stylized", as far as costuming goes,
the most popular trend being a kind of vaguely Italianate-Fascist
style.  But then, I don't see that many productions beyond the
London-Stratford axis.  I'm curious about what other more experienced
and far-flung playgoing listgoers have seen recently.  Do men in tights
(not to mention women in wimples!) still tread upon the boards?

Curiously yours,
Karen

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