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November 02, 2008

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Duncan

I was in a production of "As You Like It" where the director cut Touchstone's "Lie Direct" speeches. ...and later realized that then Rosalind didn't have time to change back into her girl costume.

Ian W. Hill

When I did "Hamlet" it became very VERY obvious to me that the entire period of Hamlet being "sent away to England" is to give the actor a much-needed (and appreciated) chance to rest. WS as active writer/manager was constantly apparent in other ways throughout (in ways such as Duncan mentions).

"Shakespeare as pragmatist" was also the basis for a very funny SCTV sketch, "Shake & Bake" where Bill is constantly rewriting "Hamlet" during the first performance backstage to deal with his actors' demands (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern demand a pay raise? Kill them off, etc.).

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