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AT PNT we just saw Venezia through Carlo Goldoni’s 18th Century eyes in his relentless comedy “The Servant of Two Masters”. Now we’ll look at it through Shakespeare’s eyes more than 150 years before. We can say “Merchant” is also, by definition, a “comedy” because the hero turns out well in the end. But such …continue reading »
“Are all you Venetians blind?!”
A Few Thoughts About “Improvisation” In the early 1960s when ‘improvisation’ was all the rage, Sir Tyrone Guthrie was asked what he thought of it. The grand genius of classical staging remarked, “Well it’s all very fun, but I don’t see what need actors have of it. Their lines are written for them.” This seemingly …continue reading »
Charles Dickens: Entrepreneur
Mr. Dickens: Artist and Business Man So the story goes that Charles Dickens, the young author of Sketches by Boz, was interviewed by Chapman and Hall to write the cover plates for a series of illustrations of a whimsical men’s club by Robert Seymour, a leading London artist, who looked to make a personal killing …continue reading »