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Bard Haters, All Will Be Explained
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1760  Tuesday, 9 September 2003

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Date:           Monday, 08 Sep 2003 11:04:04 -0400
Subject:        Bard Haters, All Will Be Explained

September 4, 2003
THEATER
Bard haters, all will be explained
* A renowned theater director and an ensemble of actors guide audiences
through the thorny bits of Shakespeare.

Who's Afraid of William Shakespeare?
When: Sunday, 3 p.m.
Where: Community Center, Plummer Park, Santa Monica Blvd. at Vista
Street, West Hollywood
Cost: Free

By Joe Rhodes, Special to The Times

He's always been a scary guy, that William Shakespeare, partly because
of his enormous forehead, but mostly because of all those plays he
wrote, you know, the ones with the big words and long trance-inducing
Elizabethan speeches that you can't understand, but the English teacher
asks you questions about them anyway, which, as required by federal law,
goes on your permanent record.

But, buck up, Bardophobes. You need cower in fear no longer. Renowned
English theater director Tony Tanner and an ensemble of actors from the
Classical Theater Lab are going to guide you through the thorny bits of
"Macbeth" on Sunday when Tanner kicks off his "Who's Afraid of William
Shakespeare?" series.

"For an audience to enjoy Shakespeare, they have to understand it and be
comfortable with the language," says Tanner, who is best known as a
performer and director of Broadway musicals (including 1982 Tony Award
nominations for directing and choreographing "Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat") but has been directing, performing and teaching
about Shakespeare on both sides of the Atlantic for more than 40 years.

"I've seen audiences in a considerable state of confusion," he says,
"simply because they didn't know what was going on."

So Tanner and his ensemble do highlights from the play (you'll get your
scheming witches, your murderous swordplay, your descent into madness)
explaining the story, paraphrasing some scenes and taking questions from
the audience.

Regrettably, he will not be explaining the California recall process.
Some things are just too scary to talk about.

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