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I usually love BBC productions, but this one is utterly misguided and makes one of Shakespeare's comedies seem a tedious bore.
It's too bad. A good cast of some of Britain's finest actors are driven into the ground by pedestrian direction, unatmospheric sets, and a general approach of reverence that is numbing to say the least. No one is having any fun!
I gave in after the second act!
Perhaps someday, an inventive director will give the play and story it's due!
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