The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2018  Monday, 20 August 2001

From:           Syd Kasten <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 19 Aug 2001 16:50:25 +0300 (IDT)
Subject: Everglades Tempest
Comment:        SHK 12.2003 Everglades Tempest

I would say that 'Gator Man had much of Caliban in him, whereas Ariel
had none, except that it was Ariel's mother who taught Prosper the his
magic.  She was, in fact, a good witch.  It was Prosper's preoccupation
with magic that kept him from seeing what his evil younger brother was
doing to the plantation and his nefarious plans with respect to the
succession (secession?).

Arthur Lindley seems to have been the only correspondent to have seen
it, and he thought it was very bad.  I found it a lot of fun.  The
special effects were stunning, especially the opening scene which has
the viewer flying over the country side, following a raven to the
plantation, and preceding it through a window in an outbuilding, at
which point the bird metamorphosizes to a stunning woman.  Suspension of
disbelief throughout was effortless, and  I enjoyed as much on a second

The writers, on the other hand may have felt the same way that Arthur
did, and in exasperation with the producers may have been responsible
for a little joke slyly slipped into the script - thanks be to video
recorders that allow instant replays.  The Ferdinand character is a
young Union officer sent by his superiors to find a way through the
swamp, who gets lost in the tempest and found by Miranda.  It wasn't
until he said that he had to get back to his lines, explaining that it
was his 'duty', that I realized that his name in this production is
Frederick and not Ferdinand.  Frederick, of course, is the 'Slave of
Duty' of the subtitle of Gilbert & Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance".

Best wishes,
Syd Kasten

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