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Boys from Syracuse
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0961  Tuesday, 31 October 2006

From: 		Mike Minnicino <
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Date: 		Monday, 30 Oct 2006 14:28:50 -0500
Subject: 	Boys from Syracuse

The announcement of your class reminded me that I have not yet seen 
notice on the list that Boys from Syracuse (which I consider the most 
delightfully shameless play adaptation) will be opening Dec. 13 at 
Center Stage in Baltimore. People in Washington-Balto area:  The 
director of that production says: "I love the shameless showbiz aspect, 
the tomfoolery, almost vaudevillian tomfoolery of the comic structure of 
this kind of show. It's derived from Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors, but 
really derived from Borscht Belt shtick that is then filtered through 
the somewhat elegant construct of a musical entertainment from another 
era-in this case the '30s, when American elegance and quick-wittedness 
were at their height. So to my mind, the attraction is the meeting of 
the stylishness of Deco with the fun of the Burlesque Hall. Plus the 
fabulous music-very much of its time, but transcending to all time 
because it's just so melodic and infectious...."

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