The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0735 Wednesday, 16 April 2003
Date: Tuesday, 15 Apr 2003 18:18:14 -0400
Subject: She Stoops to Comedy and As You Like It
The visible simplicity of She Stoops to Comedy is only a way of clearing
space for the emotional complexity of the illusion Greenspan invites you
to create. Alexandra, a lesbian thespian famous for playing tragic roles
in "concept" productions (you remember her Phaedra in a space suit), is
having a bumpy time with her lover Alison, a musical-comedy gal about to
try something new ("How often can you be a cock-eyed optimist in
Pittsburgh?"). A young indie film director is trying his hand at As You
Like It up in Maine, and Alison has been cast as Rosalind. The
production's Orlando has just been lost to Hollywood; in a reckless,
lovelorn moment, Alexandra disguises herself as a man ("Harry Samson,"
if you please), auditions for the role, and gets it. Among the extra
complications she finds in Maine are another lesbian couple gone
splitsville, a troubled hetero relationship between the director and his
assistant, and Simon Languish, the melancholy gay actor to whose Brick
Alexandra once played Maggie.
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