The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1484 Monday, 9 August 2004
Date: Friday, 23 Jul 2004 09:03:51 -0400
Subject: Re: Twelfth Night in LA
Another Twelfth Night with an "appealingly sassy maid Maria."
Somebody ought to study when this characterization developed. As an
appealingly sassy bureaucrat has argued convincingly in Section IV of
"Sense in Communication" (available at www.galbithink.org ), Maria is
viciously instrumental; she's a blank of a person. She is utterly
unappealingly within Shakespeare's understanding of love.
Playing an "appealingly sassy maid Maria" isn't just an unimportant,
conventional non-choice in characterization. Understanding Maria is
important to understanding Shakespeare's historical circumstances and
the deep themes of his art.
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