The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1499 Tuesday, 13 September 2005
Date: Saturday, 10 Sep 2005 14:49:40 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Performing Angelo
None of the performances of MfM I've seen try to make Angelo a comedic
character, favoring a more tyrannical characterization. I'm not sure why
Angelo cannot be mocked and tyrannical simultaneously. The awakening of
his desires should hardly be a discovery to the audience, so why
shouldn't we laugh that he knew so little of himself. Today, we call MfM
a problem play, but is the problem mainly for us, and not for the
Jacobeans whom I think might have found the play as funny as any of its
contemporary city comedies?
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