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Old 09-03-2014, 02:43 PM   #16
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Look Randall was outstanding as Felix and all but I am curious how a Jewish man like him from Oklahoma got so into the works of William Shakespeare. Were Randall's parents Jewish people from England? Did his father (or mother) teach English literature? Did one of them act Shakespeare on stage? What was Randall's spark to get so hooked on Shakespeare?
Pretty old post, but I thought it presented an interesting question. I found this article from the Tulsa newspaper:

http://www.tulsaworld.com/archives/r...d2c027050.html

It seems that he was in the drama club in high school. The article quotes Randall:

"I think Tulsa is probably as handsome a city as there is in the United States. We saw wonderful things when I was a kid. We saw the Philadelphia Orchestra with Ormandy, and Katherine Cornell's 'Romeo and Juliet' played Conventional Hall when I was 15. It made a life-long impression on me. There was Walter Houston in 'Doddsworth.' Ethel Barrymore did a play. Walter Hampden came through almost every year with 'Cyrano' and 'Hamlet.' We got the Rubensteins, the Heifetzes, the Horowitzes -- all winter long, one after another. There was plenty to see. We were by no means starved for culture."
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