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9/6/10 8:45 P

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That is the best! They are so lucky. emoticon

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9/6/10 8:26 P

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I agree, Shakespeare should be read aloud or watched, if possible. Our school district is close to Garrison, NY, so every year, for a number of years, the actors have come to work with our kids and teachers in the English department. How great is that!

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9/6/10 4:45 P

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Shakespeare wasn't intended for study or reading - his plays are meant to be played and watched. And some teaching makes his work so lifeless... far more interesting as drama.

Fave bit of Shakespeare on film is the opening scene of Henry V - Laurence Olivier's version - the recreation of a contempory performance - with the weather, the jeering, the richer members of the audience on the stage and the female roles played by young men. Very funny!

There are other great playwrights - but they lack the universal appeal of Shakespeare (he has had almost 500 years to get around the world after all).

Personally, I like Pinter - but he is not to everyones taste. His work makes me gasp!



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9/5/10 5:26 P

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Thanks for the link to Hudson Valley festival!
I had a dreadful Shakespeare course when I was an English lit major in the 60s - it focused solely on philological issues, word derivations and such.
However, I have loved Shakespeare when I've worked on roles as part of acting courses. I think it really should be taught as living theater...
One of my favorite movies is Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing...very funny...with Emma Thompson of course!

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9/3/10 9:38 P

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I love Shakespeare but still don't totally understand everything he wrote, so reading him is like you're constantly learning something you didn't know. I love that.

One of my sons is a Theater/English major and he reads Shakespeare, but he reads a LOT more from other playwrights. For Christmas last year that is all he wanted...books and books by other playwrights. So I'm probably needing to read more of those, too.

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9/3/10 12:09 A

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I guess I'm feeling jipped by always reading and learning Shakespeare while so many other great playwrights are SO marginalized. (whine)

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9/2/10 3:29 P

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Yes.

His plays are timeless - and I like that they are explored and produced in different genres and methods. He was a writer for the masses - universal appeal - although there are people who make his work seem boring and stuffy in school!



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8/31/10 2:42 P

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I like Shakespeare and I am ok with him having such a strong place in history and in our schools.

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8/31/10 8:20 A

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I agree, Shakespeare wrote for the people and it's amazing to see how many movies out there are nothing more than a different spin on one of his plays.



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8/30/10 7:37 P

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I'd say so. Still popular after all these years. We attend the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival almost every year in Garrison, NY. They stay true to the dialogue and play, but do innovative things with time, costumes, etc. Great direction and so much talent.
Shakespeare wrote for the people, and the people do come. It's delightful!
If you want, you can check it out at http://hvshakespeare.org/

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Shakespeare is still the most famous playwright in Western literature. He has a spot in more college courses than any other, I'm pretty sure. Does he deserve it?




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