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Masters of Misbehavior
Readings with Music Dealing with the Wicked Side of Life
June 14, 2016 Bungling Burglars
May 9, 2017 Marriage a la Carte
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August 20, 2017 Shakespeare Shenanigans
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Shaw on Shakespeare...
From 1895 to 1898, Shaw was the theatre critic for The Saturday Review and, naturally, was called on to review productions of Shakespeare's plays. Shaw knew Shakespeare's works so well that in his reviews he was able to catch actors' minor changes in the text as well as managers' larger cuts and/or rearranging of scenes.
From Shaw's review (his first piece of theatre criticism) of Henry Irving's performance as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (April 7, 1880) "Mr. Irving calls his arrangement of the Merchant an 'acting version.' What does he call the original?"
"With the single exception of Homer, there is no eminent writer, not even Sir Walter Scott, whom I can despise so entirely as I despise Shakespeare when I measure my mind against his...But I am bound to add that I pity the man who cannot enjoy Shakespeare. He has outlasted thousands of abler thinkers, and will outlast a thousand more."
"The practice of Shakespeare enthusiasts is to dwell fondly on such of his ideas as happen to reflect their own, and to deny the existence of the rest unconditionally."
DID YOU KNOW? Shaw is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938 -- for his work on the film adaptation of his play Pygmalion).
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