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Virginia Shakespeare Festival
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1580  Wednesday, 3 July 2002

From:           John E. Perry <
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Date:           Wednesday, 03 Jul 2002 00:13:49 -0400
Subject:        Virginia Shakespeare Festival

If any of you will be in the Williamsburg, VA area, you might look into
the Virginia Shakespeare Festival,

http://www.wm.edu/vashakespeare/

This is its 24th year, and I've gone to most of the productions.
There've been triumphs and disasters, and I have no way of knowing which
this year's will be, although I've liked much more than I've disliked.
They use a mix of professional actors and local talent, and usually pull
it off pretty well, at least for my taste.  Some of the locals have been
better than many of the imports they've brought in.  Many of the imports
have been very good, though.

They generally have a more traditionalist flavor (quite convenient to my
prejudices).  I don't recall having seen anything that might be called
experimental, modernist, or even updated -- it's always been original
language, with little or no butchery, and no attempt to fake a British
accent.

This year, it's As You Like It and King Lear, starting Friday 5 July,
and ending Sunday, 28 July.  I intend to see both, and expect to enjoy
both.  Tickets are $15 per play, or $25 if you reserve for both plays.

John Perry

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