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04 October 2007 @ 02:13 pm
maybe these are the people Pauline Kiernan's new book is written for?  
School Halts 'Shakespeare (Abridged)'
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hMG9r35uj81qXUzpuuCzFrLTcX5wD8S176200

I'm just surprised that they're surprised. I mean, it's a show about Shakespeare. If it's not dirty, somewhere, then you're doing it wrong.
 
 
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Constant Reader: Doctor Who - WTFskirmish_of_wit on October 4th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
Is this referring to the Reduced Shakespeare Company's The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged? It sounds like it -- and if so, I boggle. That show really isn't that dirty in the first place (at least, the version of it I saw wasn't), though it has its adult moments.

This makes me want to write an open letter to high school English teachers everywhere regarding dirty jokes and their inevitability, and no, they weren't just for the groundlings, but thanks for your snobbery just the same.
tempestsarekind: all the world's a stagetempestsarekind on October 4th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
Argh, that "only the groundlings liked clowning and dirty jokes" thing drives me up a wall! Why do people think that, when (if you *need* a textual reason, which I don't think you should) upper-class characters make dirty jokes all the time in Shakespeare???

I'm assuming that this referred to the Reduced Shakespeare, which I've never heard of as being all that dirty (still haven't seen it, alas!)--but then the article made it sound like "dirty" = a few gestures and an anatomically correct word or two, so the bar may have been set pretty low.