Shoemaker's Holiday (Plays for Performance Series)

Shoemaker's Holiday (Plays for Performance Series)

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by Thomas Dekker, Bernard Sahlins
     
 

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Bernard Sahlins's new adaptation makes the comedy classic by Thomas Dekker–a Shakespeare contemporary–extremely playable. Plays for Performance Series.See more details below

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Bernard Sahlins's new adaptation makes the comedy classic by Thomas Dekker–a Shakespeare contemporary–extremely playable. Plays for Performance Series.

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Library Journal
A popular comedy in Shakespeare's day, The Shoemaker's Holiday was temporarily removed from the repertory during the Restoration for being too racy. Here, Bernard Sahlins, a founder of Chicago's acclaimed comedy troupe, the Second City, has updated the text to make it more accessible to modern actors, sans editorial glosses or scholarly apparatus. It's all Dekker, except for about 450 words that have disappeared from the language or changed meaning. The adaptations made by Sahlins are invisible to anyone who is not intimately familiar with the text. For example, he has replaced sundry in the first line with several; later, "I'll o'erreach his policies" becomes "I'll outscheme him." The language of bawdy and insult is mostly untouched. While this is a legitimate effort, this reviewer is unconvinced of its virtue. Wanting to make a 16th-century play available to a general reading public is commendable, but altering the text is part of a dangerous trend that can lead to horrific writing when the original, if played well, is perfectly clear. That this play is intended for adults rather than teens who might have more trouble with the language makes the need for an adaptation all the more questionable. For specialized theater collections only.-Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., MA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566635431
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
06/28/2003
Series:
Plays for Performance Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.33(d)

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