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CHANGED: Oct 4: Finish Hamlet and maybe do Comedy of Errors as well

From: Dugan
Sent on: Monday, September 21, 2009 11:45 AM
At yesterday's reading we only got through the first 3 acts of Hamlet - which we should have expected, since it's so damn long (4 hours in the Kenneth Branagh version!). So we decided to finish it off at the next meet (Oct 4). Maybe we can do the Comedy of Errors as well if people have the time and energy - we'll play it by ear.

Please update your RSVPs accordingly if you don't want to come along just to do the 2nd half of a play. But for those who missed the 1st half, I'll bring along a summary that we can read in advance, to get ourselves back into the context.

Here's my little blurbs about the two plays:

HAMLET: What can I say? It's Hamlet. Some people seem to quite like it. For instance, Harold Bloom: "Shakespeare - especially in his creation of Falstaff and Hamlet - so utterly altered human consciousness that after him the world was a different place and we were different creatures. In other words, Shakespeare re-created humanity." Fighting words! But whether you think this play changed the nature of the universe forever or not, it's a great read.

COMEDY OF ERRORS: An early comical farce without any obvious deep levels of meaning (at least not to me), but lots of fun. Silly accents and funny hats encouraged. You might enjoy it more if you read/skim the play in advance, as it's a bit confusing: there are two characters called Antipholus, two called Dromio, and lots of Elizabethan puns and wordplay that are hard to make sense of today. It's the shortest of all of Shakespeare's plays, and there are only 7 characters with more than 30 lines.

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