The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1904 Monday, 30 July 2001
Date: Sunday, 29 Jul 2001 16:39:05 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: How Much Is Not Enough?
I saw a Shakespeare play this weekend--Cleveland's Coriolanus--that I
found truly disappointing. I am satisfied with the performances,
especially the title role. However, the play lasted only 1 hour, 15
minutes, with many of the better speeches cut, including the beast fable
and Coriolanus's long speech objecting to the use of "shall." I know
that the texts we have were likely to have been cut (or to have been
just different). Perhaps I shouldn't complain because the play was also
free (with donations accepted, of course). But how much cutting takes
out too much of a play?
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