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How Like You This?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0331  Thursday, 5 February 2004

From:           Mari Bonomi <
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Date:           Wednesday, 4 Feb 2004 10:55:59 -0500
Subject: 15.0301 How Like You This?
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0301 How Like You This?

I saw a rather enjoyable AYLI at Yale Rep some years ago (the first year
under the directorship of the man who replaced Lloyd Richards)...
Perhaps it was enlivened for me by the teachers' orientation I attended
before opening where the director himself talked about the play and
turned me from loathing him into rather admiring him.  I cannot begin to
spell his name, which is Polish, but it is pronounced 'VoyaVUDski' or
something like that.  Ah... Is it retirement that is rotting my last few
memorial brain cells?

About the same time Long Wharf Theatre did AYLI with a rather rolypoly
Jaques placed by Paul Giametti (I think he was in the LWT not the YRP
version)...  Again, rather pleasant.

Nothing profound, but in both cases the energy of the "Ganymede"/Orlando
scenes worked very well.

One of them played more with the ambiguity of the Celia/"Ganymede"
relationship than the other but neither was particularly
homosocial/homosexual in interpretation.

I still have mind pictures of both performances, though I confess they
do blur together (probably b/c I saw them both in a comparatively short
time span).

Mari Bonomi

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