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Re: The Public Theater's AS YOU LIKE IT
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0741  Friday, 18 April 2003

[1]     From:   Don Bloom <
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        Date:   Thursday, 17 Apr 2003 09:13:49 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0738 Re: The Public Theater's AS YOU LIKE IT

[2]     From:   M Yawney <
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        Date:   Thursday, 17 Apr 2003 09:18:34 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0738 Re: The Public Theater's AS YOU LIKE IT


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From:           Don Bloom <
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Date:           Thursday, 17 Apr 2003 09:13:49 -0500
Subject: 14.0738 Re: The Public Theater's AS YOU LIKE IT
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0738 Re: The Public Theater's AS YOU LIKE IT

Thanks for the details on small-cast Shakespeare. I was afraid of what
you were going to say -- people doubling parts on stage, and so forth --
but as they seem to have been very effective stagings it just goes to
show you.

What it goes to show you is that Shakespeare survive anything except
dull, self-indulgent directors and mediocre actors.

Nor do I mean that condescendingly. The great Peter Schickele always
opens his radio program with the slogan ". . .  dedicated to the
proposition that all music is created equal. Or, in the immortal words
of Duke Ellington, 'If it sounds good, it is good.'" The same thing is
true for Shakespeare. My problem with some productions that are
conscientiously radical is that they lose far more than they gain from
pushing some pet idea of the director's.

Further question, has anyone seen any decent non-professional small-cast
productions?

Cheers,
don

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From:           M Yawney <
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Date:           Thursday, 17 Apr 2003 09:18:34 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 14.0738 Re: The Public Theater's AS YOU LIKE IT
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0738 Re: The Public Theater's AS YOU LIKE IT

I am reminded in regard to this the discussion that Alan Dessen's recent
book Rescripting Shakespeare has some interesting thoughts on small-cast
Shakespeare.

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