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Subject: Re: "Guillaume Tell" Tonight
From: Ken Wilson <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Ken Wilson <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:55:23 -0400
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Max D. Winter wrote:

>> it would be refreshing to see a production that was NOT updated to the 
>> present day.  I have always regarded this common practice as evidence of 
>> (1) a lack of imagination and theatrical skill on the the part of the 
>> director, in that he can't get across the essence of the story without 
>> the crutch of modern garb; and (2) a lack of respect for the intelligence 
>> of the audience because it assumes that they can't get to the nub of the 
>> work without seeing the characters dressed like people they see on the 
>> street. <<

Right. Audience members are presumably so shallow and self-obsessed that 
they're only interested in stories about people like themselves. To which we 
can add a corollary #3, that they lack any curiosity about history.

Not me.


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