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Re: The Public Theater's AS YOU LIKE IT
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0791  Monday, 28 April 2003

From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Friday, 25 Apr 2003 10:41:33 -0400
Subject: 14.0764 Re: The Public Theater's AS YOU LIKE IT
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0764 Re: The Public Theater's AS YOU LIKE IT

Michael Shurgot had trouble accepting the double-casting of some
relatively minor roles in productions at the Oregon Shakespeare
Festival, and from this derives doubts as to the possible success of
small-cast productions generally.  OSF main stage productions are Big
Deal Shakespeare--large casts, elaborate and costly costumes and sets
and lighting and music.  They establish the expectation that the
representational artifice will run all the way to the edges of the
piece; when that doesn't happen, there's a jolt of discontinuity.  In
small cast productions, however, Making Do is part of the ethos of the
work: from the first moment the audience is invited to become active
imaginative participants in the construction of the alternative
reality.  Hence when doubling occurs, no jolt. Doesn't mean that weak
acting or sloppy (as distinct from minimalist) stagecraft won't
distract, or that the overall effect is of the same kind as that
produced in big-budget productions.  Does mean that such productions can
delight, move, and enthrall.

Minimally,
David Evett

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