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Re: Two Noble Kinsmen
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1872  Tuesday, 10 September 2002

[1]     From:   Brian Willis <
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        Date:   Monday, 9 Sep 2002 11:43:43 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1861 Two Noble Kinsmen

[2]     From:   Edward Pixley <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 10 Sep 2002 08:56:57 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1861 Two Noble Kinsmen

[3]     From:   John W. Kennedy <
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        Date:   Monday, 09 Sep 2002 17:00:13 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1861 Two Noble Kinsmen


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From:           Brian Willis <
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Date:           Monday, 9 Sep 2002 11:43:43 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 13.1861 Two Noble Kinsmen
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1861 Two Noble Kinsmen

I saw the Kinsmen at the Globe a couple of years ago, only because I was
going to see Hamlet the following day. I had never read the play before
that point, and was only familiar with The Knight's Tale. I was so
pleasantly surprised and moved. I found out that a good production can
make uneven material into good theatre. It remains the only time I have
been to the Globe and felt the tenseness of the entire audience in a
tragic moment. I think that part of the reason that the play worked so
well was because the company chose to play up the humor and the
ridiculous situations.

In handling the play, it might also be useful to remember the source.
Chaucer's Knight is a character and this story is filtered through his
personality.  There is an element of the fantastic, the romantic and the
ridiculous involved in its construction.

All in all, I still think the play is a little underrated in its
potential for good theatre. There are also some quality lines and
moments in the play, regardless of author.

Brian Willis

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Date:           Tuesday, 10 Sep 2002 08:56:57 -0400
Subject: 13.1861 Two Noble Kinsmen
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1861 Two Noble Kinsmen



 

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