The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0550 Thursday, 20 March 2003
Date: Wednesday, 19 Mar 2003 11:06:00 -0500
Subject: 14.0538 Re: Reviews
Comment: RE: SHK 14.0538 Re: Reviews
But...but....Bad Shakespeare is WONDERFUL! Really. It refocuses your
mind. You pay attention to detail you never noticed. As your mind is
shrieking, "NO! Not that way!" the other way is flashing with
astonishing clarity into your consciousness.
I once saw a Much Ado with the world's worst Beatrice and Benedick. As a
result, I noticed the secondary characters as I never had before.
I treasure bad Shakespeare. Especially for what it taught me as a
playwright: No matter what harm is done in production, the play returns
safely intact, to be done again.
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