Act 2, Scene 31 – “The doublet and hose she’s longed for.”

Trial2-page-001v2Notes on The Trial of Antonio Part Two

Antonio’s trial gets underway in the second installment of our six-part summer special, and just in case I’ve done my job a little too well, yes, that is Portia rocking her finest male garb to deliver the big audition speech.

Portia’s been talking about dressing as a man ever since she was introduced, so its great to finally give her the doublet and hose she’s longed for over the past year. In the past, I’ve liked the idea of her being completely unconvincing as a man – and she certainly seems to hold the view that a fake beard alone will cut it – but I think the finished version is surprisingly believable, even if she’s making no effort with the hair…

Stay tuned next week, for more legal trickery…

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