The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2389  Wednesday, 17 December 2003

From:           Bill Arnold <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 16 Dec 2003 06:33:20 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 14.2375 Slings and Arrows [and Outrageous
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2375 Slings and Arrows [and Outrageous

Tanya Gough quotes WSMM [either Will Shakespeare Outrageous
Misinformation or World Shocking Outrageous Misinformation, to wit: "The
official site blurb is as follows: 'Directed by Peter Wellington (Joe's
So Mean To Josephine), SLINGS AND ARROWS is based in the fictional town
of New Burbage where legendary theatrical madman Geoffrey Tennant (Paul
Gross) returns to the New Burbage Theatre Festival - the site of his
greatest triumph and most humiliating failure, to assume the Artistic
Directorship after the sudden death of his mentor, Oliver Welles. When
Geoffrey arrives he finds that Oliver is still there, in spirit anyway,
and with his guidance (and often in spite of it) Geoffrey attempts to
reconcile with his past while wrestling the Festival back from the
marketing department.  Despite a bitter leading lady, a clueless leading
man, and a scheming General Manager, he manages to stage a remarkable
production of Hamlet; the play that drove him mad."

Then Tanya writes, and I hope tongue-in-cheek, "It's still too soon to
expect a DVD release, but we're keeping our eyes open for it."

OK: we all do *not* get it, nor do we ever want to get it, *Outrageous
Misinformation": Hamlet, a spiritless ghost, and madness!  When will the
world media get some help from SHAKSPEReans--hopefully!--and trash this
media madness?  Obviously, Shakespeare scholars have *not* been able to
right the apple cart, after four centuries.  Slings and Arrows, and
Outrageous Misinformation!  C'est la vie!  C'est la morte!

Bill Arnold

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