How mature is this Shakespeare?

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Twelfth Night is playing at Perseverance Theatre this fall. By previous arrangement, the high school will be attending in connection with their English classes. The question is the same as always - will this be for a general audience or a mature audience? The problem is, you never know. It changes from year to year. For those students who are uncomfortable viewing some PG-13 movies, this is awkward - should they go along, and then have to walk out? Or should they say right up front that they are not willing to gamble about the production's content?

Some adults, who wouldn't think of forcing a student to go unprotected in a car ride, are forcing students to go unprotected in a time-capsule ride. Visiting Shakespeare shouldn't be about worrying about mature content.

So let me ask you, if you were aware that a theatre was in the habit of slanting its productions to fit the young crowd by having Barney-type characters playing the parts, would you go confident of having a good time, or would you be worried that you might have to walk out because it just doesn't fit your tastes?

Rebecca Chenoweth


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