The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1377 Friday, 2 July 2004
Date: Thursday, 1 Jul 2004 16:28:46 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Shakespeare in the Park Much Ado
I believe someone here wrote about reading Goddard before going to a S
play. I did so yesterday prior to going to Shakespeare in the Park in
Central Park to see the outdoor Public Theater production of Much Ado
I am not a pan-Bard person ... yet. And I thought a comedy I had not
read would not please as much as the Falstaff plays and tragedies. But
as it unfolded Nothing became quite wonderful. And Goddard's thesis
about what Nothing is, and what the play does, made it even better.
Sam Waterston's Leonato was good enough but the highest praise goes to
Brian Murray's Dogberry.
It was a lovely mild evening. And I thought how impoverished we would be
without the Bard and those who take the trouble to understand his genius
and embody it in so many ways.
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