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All-Male Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare Theatre
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0580  Saturday, 4 October 2008

[1] From:   L. Swilley <
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     Date:   Friday, 3 Oct 2008 07:50:01 -0500
     Subj:   Re: SHK 19.0575 All-Male Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare Theatre

[2] From:   Patty Winter <
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     Date:   Friday, 3 Oct 2008 08:08:38 -0700
     Subt:   Re: SHK 19.0575 All-Male Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare Theatre


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From:       L. Swilley <
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Date:       Friday, 3 Oct 2008 07:50:01 -0500
Subject: 19.0575 All-Male Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare Theatre
Comment:    Re: SHK 19.0575 All-Male Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare Theatre

Thanks for these remarks and the review of this play. I have always wondered: if 
Romeo is able to leave town and survive elsewhere, why doesn't he take Juliet 
with him? Why doesn't Juliet suggest that? Juliet is the "decider" throughout -- 
her fear or reluctance to carry through with the public/adult decision to marry, 
instead taking refuge in private trickery is her disastrous "flaw" -- and she 
has made a very wrong decision.

L. Swilley

[Editor's Note: For one thing, _Rom._ is not a psychological treatise or a 
record of real people in real situations but a play, and to my tastes not a 
terribly good one. As a play, it seems not to be able to make up its mind as to 
whether its theme is about the operation of fate or about the impulsivity of 
young people. From another perspective, doing as you suggest would result in the 
play's not being an inventive fusion of a tragic ending onto the comedic 
expectation of a Plautus-like plot. Apologies if this response comes off as too 
snarky -- there is too much of that going around these days. -HMCook]

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From:       Patty Winter <
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Date:       Friday, 3 Oct 2008 08:08:38 -0700
Subject: 19.0575 All-Male Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare Theatre
Comment:    Re: SHK 19.0575 All-Male Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare Theatre

Director David Muse and actor (he plays Juliet) James Davis discussed this 
production on NPR's "Talk of the Nation" on Thursday, Oct. 2. You can hear the 
17-minute segment here:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95284702

They had some interesting comments about how student groups are reacting to the 
production.

Patty

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