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July 10, 2004

The sound you just heard was Bill Shakespeare turning over in his grave

This from the NY Times:

On July 1, 100 lawyers and summer associates from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom rolled up their sleeves and headed to the Delacorte Theater in Central Park for an evening of culture. After finishing off a buffet dinner backstage, next to Turtle Pond, the conservatively dressed crowd adjourned to the theater itself, where reserved seats to a preview of "Much Ado About Nothing" were awaiting them. The firm's bill was $10,000.

Hold on. Reserved seats for law firms certainly doesn't sound like the democratic vision of Joseph Papp, the founder of "free Shakespeare" in Central Park. Papp, after all, said that his theater should be as inclusive as the public library. Isn't free Shakespeare in the park supposed to be, well, free?

Key quote:

Last year, Ben Brantley, the chief theater critic of The Times, described the production of "Henry V" at the Delacorte as "one long, desperate exercise in diversionary tactics." In 2002, he wrote that "Twelfth Night" was "seriously confused."
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Posted by Dan at July 10, 2004 08:42 PM

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