The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1536  Friday, 18 August 2000.

From:           Stephen Holcombe <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 17 Aug 2000 20:41:46 -0400
Subject:        The Offending Bard

Although members of this list would be the last to think of Shakespeare
as dry and dull, they may be interested in a recent incident here in
East Tennessee which proves the Bard's continuing ability to stir an
audience.  According to local weekly Metro Pulse, a Boy Scout troop
leader in town for an Order of the Arrow convention interrupted a
performance of Taming of the Shrew by shouting, "This is the Knoxville
Police Department. Stop the show!" Confronted by the director, he said
that he "couldn't let them [the actors] curse around his boys."
Apparently the possibility that the best-known writer in the language
might not be G-rated was something he had not considered, and his actual
connection with the police, as well as perhaps with reality itself, was
apparently nil.

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