Updating Shakespeare's Plays
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0387 Friday, 17 July 2009
From: Eric Johnson-DeBaufre <
Date: Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 23:06:08 -0400
Subject: 20.0381 King Lear at the Shakespeare Theatre,
Comment: Re: SHK 20.0381 King Lear at the Shakespeare Theatre,
I agree wholeheartedly that the recent practice of "updating"
Shakespeare's plays has become tiresome. Personally, I think it started
to go sour the moment that companies thought they should "update"
Shakespeare's plays by having women play the female characters. After
they let that cat out of the bag, it was only a short while before WOMEN
were playing Hamlet, a piece of "updating" I think we can all agree
proved disastrous for theater. And then with the monkeying around with
the setting,...well, it's all too much for me. Actually, I blame the
Bard himself. After all, couldn't he foresee what he was setting in
motion when he wrote a play called Julius Caesar and then let everyone
perform it in 16th century dress?!?
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