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Middle School Drama
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0124  Thursday, 19 March 2009

[1]  From:     David Frankel <
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      Date:     Friday, 13 Mar 2009 13:44:41 -0400
      Subj:     RE: SHK 20.0117 Middle School Drama

[2]  From:     John W Kennedy <
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      Date      Friday, 13 Mar 2009 13:57:34 -0400
      Subj:     Re: SHK 20.0117 Middle School Drama


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From:        David Frankel <
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Date:        Friday, 13 Mar 2009 13:44:41 -0400
Subject: 20.0117 Middle School Drama
Comment:     RE: SHK 20.0117 Middle School Drama

Mr. Swilley is entitled to his opinion (Our Town" is one of the dullest 
plays in the American repertory. It has been oversold to us - like the 
Rolex, the ugliest watch in the world.) even when he's wrong -- and he 
assuredly is, in this case.  It may be he has only seen dull productions 
(certainly possible) or it may be that he lacks what Francis Fergusson 
referred to as "the histrionic sensibility," at least in regards to the 
subtle complexities of Wilder's play.

C. David Frankel
Assistant Director of Theatre
School of Theatre and Dance
University of South Florida

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Date:        Friday, 13 Mar 2009 13:57:34 -0400
Subject: 20.0117 Middle School Drama
Comment:     Re: SHK 20.0117 Middle School Drama

Louis Swilley <
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 >No. "Our Town" is one of the dullest plays in the American
 >repertory. It has been oversold to us - like the Rolex, the ugliest
 >watch in the world.

A play that premiered in living memory and that has since had an  almost 
unbroken history of success could conceivably be silly,  sententious, 
pornographic, jingoistic, or other bad things, but  demonstrably cannot 
be "dull".

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