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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1720  Monday, 29 July 2002

From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Sunday, 28 Jul 2002 07:36:31 -0700
Subject:        Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

For those who collect such moments: I write from Ashland, Oregon, where
I just saw the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's almost excellent production
of *Titus Andronicus*.

A forest fire continues to rage several miles away, creating a canopy of
smoke for many miles around.  Smoke has been on constant view overhead,
has obscured the views if the surrounding mountains, and has been a
constant smell in the air for the past two days.

The performance of *Titus* came, as it should, to Lucius's line

  Whose smoke like incense doth perfume the sky.

The way these stories are supposed to end is with the statement that the
actor made it clear that he meant the smoke in the Ashland sky, and the
audience gave a hardy laugh.  Not so.  I heard only myself chuckle in
recognition.

I want to thank the mighty Cydne for typing this since my finger is in a
splint.

All the best,
Mike Jensen

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