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Re: The Public Theater's AS YOU LIKE IT
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0747  Tuesday, 22 April 2003

[1]     From:   John Zuill <
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        Date:   Friday, 18 Apr 2003 11:05:04 -0300
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0741 Re: The Public Theater's AS YOU LIKE IT

[2]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Friday, 18 Apr 2003 14:26:42 -0400
        Subj:   NY Times THEATER REVIEW | 'AS YOU LIKE IT'

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Date:           Friday, 18 Apr 2003 11:05:04 -0300
Subject: 14.0741 Re: The Public Theater's AS YOU LIKE IT
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0741 Re: The Public Theater's AS YOU LIKE IT

I saw a four person Macbeth in Shefield England recently. One man played
Macbeth and women played all the other parts. It was heavily cut and the
woodsy scenes were not represented, but it was a genuinely scary
production and well worth driving to Sheffield. There was an awful quiet
about it, whispered lines and a sort of appalling gentleness to hideous
crimes. It was very intimate of course with a play-space set in one
corner of a black box. The constraint of casting and sexual identity
were over come with a reinvention of style to emphasize a simple
interpretation.  This made the piece protean and refreshing. Knowing the
play very well, I can not say how one seeing the play for the first time
would have understood it. I was in England after all and the young boy
in front of me, talking to his father had animated opinions based on his
attendance at other productions of the play. This knowledgeable audience
seemed to enjoy the show.

John Zuill

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Date:           Friday, 18 Apr 2003 14:26:42 -0400
Subject:        NY Times THEATER REVIEW | 'AS YOU LIKE IT'

It's Shakespeare With the Pedal to the Metal

By BRUCE WEBER

[Y] outh is being served at the New York Shakespeare Festival, whose
scheduled season-ending production of Shakespeare's rarely seen final
work (on which he collaborated with John Fletcher), "The Two Noble
Kinsmen," has been postponed. Instead the festival has substituted a
more familiar play, "As You Like It," in a compact rendering at the
Joseph Papp Public Theater, performed with enthusiasm by a sprightly,
fresh-faced ensemble.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/17/arts/theater/17LIKE.html

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