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Re: "Modern dress" Syndrome
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1870  Tuesday, 10 September 2002

[1]     From:   Ted Dykstra <
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        Date:   Monday, 9 Sep 2002 13:01:36 EDT
        Subj:   Modern Dress

[2]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Monday, 9 Sep 2002 23:12:30 +0100
        Subj:   SHK 13.1862 Re: "Modern dress" Syndrome


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From:           Ted Dykstra <
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Date:           Monday, 9 Sep 2002 13:01:36 EDT
Subject:        Modern Dress

Boy I wish I could be as smart as Terence. I'm so embarrassed. So keen,
so razor sharp. Seeing not the point of a communication but rather the
clearly idiotic way in which it is presented. Works in a university no
doubt. Wish I'd gone to one of those. Then I wouldn't have to act for a
living, I could just talk about "The Theatre" from the highest heights.
Oh well. Some of us get to be Terence and some of us have to blunder
through life wishing we were Terence.

Ted Dykstra

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From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Monday, 9 Sep 2002 23:12:30 +0100
Subject: Re: "Modern dress" Syndrome
Comment:        SHK 13.1862 Re: "Modern dress" Syndrome

"I know they keep wanting to bash home the 'relevance' but 'Coriolanus'
is set in ancient Rome for a purpose and it would be fantastic to see it
done without all this modern garbage piled on top!"

I guess it was probably Jonson who first pointed out that the Romans had
two consuls, not one, as in Shakespeare's play (and if he didn't in
print then he almost certainly did in conversation with someone other
than Drummond).  Shakespeare must simply have been plain wrong, failing
to read his Plutarch properly, perhaps: he cannot possibly have been
concerned with the modern, relevant garbage of monarchical authority...

m

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