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Apr 15·edited Apr 15

My family lived on the campus of a Virginia boarding school for boys, where my dad headed the English department. He told me that the students' production of Shakespeare's HAMLET in the late 1940s was exceptional, easily the best he’d ever seen. There being no girls at the school, boys played all the roles, including the characters Gertrude and Ophelia.

During the scene where Hamlet and Gertrude have their heated encounter in her bedroom, the wig fell off the head of the boy portraying Gertrude. My dad said the audience of three hundred people — including the entire student body — was so fully involved with the play that not a single audience member laughed.

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