The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0202  Monday, 31 January 2000.

From:           Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, January 31, 2000
Subject:        "And he loved his mother": Journey in Shakespeare Theatre's

Over the weekend, I saw the Shakespeare Theatre's very good production
of *Coriolanus*. Andrew Long was stunning in the title role; Keith
Hamilton Cobb played Aufidius as the ultimate sex symbol; and I would
not be surprised if Ted van Griethusysen receives another Helen Hayes
nomination, if not award, for best supporting actor for his portrayal of
Menenius. My greatest misgiving about the production was Shelia Allen's
Volumnia. To my taste, Volumnia should be, at least, the second
strongest character in the production; Allen unfortunately was not.

However, what I noticed at this production that I had apparently missed
previously was the play's implied metaphoric journey: from belly, to
bowels, to anus (that is, from the so-called nurture of the belly to
elimination through the passage through the bowels). As I expounded upon
this on the car on the way home, my wife Kathy pointed out that my
perception was consistent with the bran imagery of the later part of the

Regularly yours,

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