I think Ben Jonson called Pericles 'a mouldy old tale'. In some ways
Shakespeare can be like early Hollywood, for instance the brothel
scene in Pericles when the virtuous maiden is unseduced is,
theatrically, risible: one would like to imagine life could be like
that but ...
We know a lot, factually, about WS, much more than we do about Kyd or
Webster or Marlowe or Jonson, for example, yet with those we have a
much clearer sense of who the personalities were, with WS there is
2008/10/3 Douglas Barbour <[log in to unmask]>:
> Yes to you both, but even though Pericles is not a great play, an inventive
> director can do things; as here, with student actors, a Quebecois director
> turned the play into an epic fantasia, full of SFX, & utterly thrilling.
> Which is why S keeps many people coming back; there's always soething new
> possible with great artists (both the writer & the actors/dirctors, etc).
> On 2-Oct-08, at 6:44 PM, Alison Croggon wrote:
>> Mind you, that doesn't mean he can't be done badly. One of the longest
>> nights I've spent in a theatre was watching a production of Pericles.
> Douglas Barbour
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