2003

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0232  Friday, 7 February 2003

From:           David Bishop <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 7 Feb 2003 02:04:42 -0800
Subject: 14.0218 No Wonder: Twelfth Night, Directed by Sam
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0218 No Wonder: Twelfth Night, Directed by Sam
Mendes

I'm grateful once again for an excellent piece of criticism--and theater
history--from Charles Weinstein. If it suffers just a little, as ever,
from acid reflux, that's the price of the ticket. His kind of acid helps
ward off postmodern scurvy. I must say I was shocked, though, to hear
how much time CW spends watching bad movies.

He notes the "round-robin of non-requital" but has less to say about the
form of eventual requital, and nothing about Maria's eventually requited
love for Toby. If "even Toby dwindles into a husband" does every man
dwindle who marries? Is marriage to Maria necessarily felt as a
dwindling? Isn't this play partly about how love sneaks in the back
door?

I would be curious to hear how Mendes treated the joke on Malvolio, and
his promise of revenge. How is the mix of funny and cruel handled?

Also, in the list of Violas, where does CW place Felicity Kendall, whom
I remember fondly, if vaguely, from the BBC version years ago?

Best wishes,
David Bishop

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