Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 144. Sunday, 7 March 1993.
Date: Saturday, 06 Mar 93 23:24:44 EST
Subject: Re: College Productions *TGV*
Jeff Nyhoff's query about college productions of Two Gents catches me a week
after I worked through the text in a Shakespearean Comedy course. It could be
done well, as long as a director and actors could play the wonderfully abrupt
slides up and down the linguistic registers. Those jumps up into
super-courtly diction and down into pots and pands and codpiece pins have to
be negotiated with reckless daring. Otherwise any lapse into monotone
rendering of kool-ade linguistic intensity will sink the project. Maybe other
people saw the ACTING COMPANY on tour with a Wild West rendering.
Magnificent, especially because cowboys and bandits and cattle barons and
mariachi bands have the conventional possibilities of courtly adventure that
Shakespeare was playing with. Gene Autry stands not all that far from Sir
Phillip Sidney as a codifier of now-ancient gestures usable in funny ways for
Ride 'em, cowboys.
Steve Urkowitz (SURCC@CUNYVM)