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Most Popular Shakespeare Plays
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1414  Monday, 12 July 2004

From:           Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Friday, 9 Jul 2004 06:51:41 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 15.1405 Most Popular Shakespeare Plays
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1405 Most Popular Shakespeare Plays

Stuart Manger writes, "Sorry, I was going on hearsay from a chap who
works out of Paris.  I think he meant to imply not JUST pro performances
but amateur as well. Colleges?  Universities?  And, as Don implies, not
just in English either.  Why is Godot not performed so much in USA?
Puzzling?"

OK: this one's easy, so I will swing at it.  Brevity and its existential
theme clearly explain its European appeal, inasmuch as the Old World's
post-WWII fascination with existentialism as an answer to "Who am I, why
am I here"?

OK: as to why it is not performed so much in America, clearly that is
because we are a God-fearing nation of willful doers without a passive
bone in our bodies.  TIC.

Bill Arnold
http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/scholars/arnold.htm

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