The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2340 Thursday, 11 December 2003
Date: Wednesday, 10 Dec 2003 13:24:20 -0500
Subject: Aye, Hal, Such Commotion as if 'Twere the Globe
Aye, Hal, Such Commotion as if 'Twere the Globe
December 10, 2003
By WILBORN HAMPTON
The lobby buzz at the first intermission was positive.
"What do you think of this?" one young patron asked two companions.
"It's good," one replied. "They make it nice." The other volunteered,
"The fat guy is fun-nee." By the end of the show, nearly the entire
audience was on its feet - clapping, whistling and cheering. A
postperformance post-mortem brought individual raves: "full of action,"
"great fights," "hot sex scenes."
Not the usual praise for a production of Shakespeare. But then this was
not the usual audience.
Last Wednesday's matinee at the Lincoln Center Theater's staging of
"Henry IV" was packed with New York City high school students, courtesy
of the center's Open Stages program, which aims at introducing teenagers
with limited means from the five boroughs to the theater. This year, the
students met William Shakespeare.
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