The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0378  Tuesday, 22 February 2000.

From:           Karen Peterson-Kranz <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 22 Feb 2000 07:10:10 +1000
Subject: 11.0371 Re: A Musical Tempest in Seoul
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0371 Re: A Musical Tempest in Seoul

Brother Anthony writes:

>Sorry, I was offered a chance to see it, but chose a cup of tea
>instead.  I was at the Opera House one evening as it started and it
>looked (and sounded) extremely Kitsch. A British stage-managing friend
>who did see it used the word 'mish-mash' of its style ('a bit of all
>sorts of things') and assured me that it owed virtually nothing to
>Shakespeare so far as he could tell (there was a translation into
>English projected overhead in case anyone needed it). Its cast and
>director are Names in Korea, there was enough official funding for them
>not to need a paying audience so that almost everyone came with a free
>ticket, and the production was not covered in either of the
>English-language newspapers or I would give you a URL. C'est la vie.

Thank you for the report!  "Kitsch" was the word which occurred to me
when I heard of the production; I wondered whether it would be
"so-bizarre-it's-wonderful" kitsch or just, as your friend reported, a
mish-mash.  "Official funding"-what kind of official funding?  Would
such an enterprise be government subsidized?  Or just backed by the
entertainment industry so as to publicize the cast?

It sounds like a cup of tea was a wise choice.  Thanks again for
indulging my curiosity!

Karen Peterson-Kranz
University of Guam

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