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Performing Angelo
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1499  Tuesday, 13 September 2005

From: 		Jack Heller <
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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?

Jack Heller

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