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Two Gents at Stratford Festival
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0305  Friday, 23 July 2010

[1]  From:      David Evett <
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     Date:      July 20, 2010 5:46:27 PM EDT
     Subj:      Re: SHK 21.0295  Two Gents at Stratford Festival

[2]  From:      Harry Rusche <
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     Date:      July 21, 2010 6:59:14 PM EDT
     Subj:      RE: SHK 21.0295  Two Gents at Stratford Festival

[3]  From:      Arlynda Boyer <
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     Date:      July 21, 2010 9:44:31 PM EDT
     Subj:      Re: SHK 21.0295 Two Gents at Stratford Festival

[4]  From:      Justin Alexander <
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     Date:      July 22, 2010 3:49:59 AM EDT
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From:         David Evett <
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Date:         July 20, 2010 5:46:27 PM EDT
Subject: 21.0295  Two Gents at Stratford Festival
Comment:      Re: SHK 21.0295  Two Gents at Stratford Festival

>However, all the versions of Two Gents I've seen used a live dog. 
>The part isn't very big and requires little training."

Abigail Quart's experience is sadly inadequate. Twenty years or so back, somebody at 
Stratford, ONT (Edward Atienza?) used a toy dog on a flexible steel lead, with which 
the doggie performed many beguiling darts and swoops. It was hilarious, and avoided 
every comic actor's (and stage-hand's) pet peeve.

David Evett

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From:         Harry Rusche <
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Date:         July 21, 2010 6:59:14 PM EDT
Subject: 21.0295  Two Gents at Stratford Festival
Comment:      RE: SHK 21.0295  Two Gents at Stratford Festival

However, does anyone remember (because I don't) that there was indeed a trained bear 
that Shakespeare wrote into the play as a bit of extra stage business? Professor 
Hawkes, where are you when I need you? I certainly understand the rather pointed 
(perhaps sarcastic) remark by Ms. Quart, but this is now and I am thinking about 
then.

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From:         Arlynda Boyer <
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Date:         July 21, 2010 9:44:31 PM EDT
Subject: 21.0295 Two Gents at Stratford Festival
Comment:      Re: SHK 21.0295 Two Gents at Stratford Festival

When the American Shakespeare Center staged it a few years ago, they took the 
suggestion of an animal-loving staffer who had worked at the county shelter: they 
used a different shelter dog each week (prescreened for a laidback attitude toward 
applause and teachability), and announced in the pre-show that the dog on stage was 
looking for a loving home and was ready to adopt. It was a wonderful idea, and I 
believe all the dogs were adopted by the end of the run.

Arlynda Boyer

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From:         Justin Alexander <
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Date:         July 22, 2010 3:49:59 AM EDT
Subject: 21.0295  Two Gents at Stratford Festival
Comment:      Re: SHK 21.0295  Two Gents at Stratford Festival

Abigail Quart wrote:

>However, all the versions of Two Gents I've seen used a live dog. The 
>part isn't very big and requires little training.

On the other hand, the line "he is a stone, a very pebble stone" is arguably even 
funnier when the dog is stuffed.

Justin Alexander
American Shakespeare Repertory
http://www.american-shakespeare.org


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