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Re: Audition Monologues; Reflections; TACT
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 231.  Thursday, 8 April 1993.
 
(1)     From:   Jay Edelnant <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 07 Apr 1993 11:11:12 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0221  Audition Monologues
 
(2)     From:   Peter David Seary <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 7 Apr 93 23:54:44 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0225  Reflections
 
(3)     From:   Paul Lord <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 07 Apr 1993 18:36:28 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0226  Re: Electronic Text Concordance Software
 
 
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From:           Jay Edelnant <
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Date:           Wednesday, 07 Apr 1993 11:11:12 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 4.0221  Audition Monologues
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0221  Audition Monologues
 
As someone who has hired actors and auditioned students for schools and
theatres, my advice is avoid the chestnuts.
 
Almost any big monologue has been done to death and you invite odious
comparison when you break into it. Try for something less well known (the
romances and more obscure histories, for example, or non-Shakespearean work in
the same period).
 
On the other hand, nothing is more impressive than an audition that hits "O
what a rogue and . . ." on all its cylinders and gives me a new look at
something I thought was exhausted.
 
JAY EDELNANT, NORTHERN IOWA
 
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Date:           Wednesday, 7 Apr 93 23:54:44 EDT
Subject: 4.0225  Reflections
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0225  Reflections
 
Dear Tad Davis,
 
Well Done !!!!
 
Peter Seary
 
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From:           Paul Lord <
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Date:           Wednesday, 07 Apr 1993 18:36:28 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 4.0226  Re: Electronic Text Concordance Software
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0226  Re: Electronic Text Concordance Software
 
Phyllis and Hardy,
 
        I'd like to put in a good word for TACT.  We used it for a
number of projects in my Bibliographic Methods and Research class
last semester, and I've rarely been as impressed by a public software
offering.
 
        The ability to use UNIX style regular expressions (complex
wildcard searches), combined with the ability to view a given
selection several different ways simultaneously, makes TACT a useful
tool for almost any type of textual research.  You can display the
results of your searches by line, scene, speaker, context, or any
combination thereof.  The demonstration database provided with the
software makes for a very shallow learning curve; most of our class
figured out the basics in an hour.  Finally, TACT is very fast; it's
fun to follow up an impulse, do a search, and know in seconds if
you're on to something.  TACT allows for all of this.
 
My one complaint would be that I finally bought myself a computer, a
DEC workstation, and now I can't find anything in the UNIX world that
works as well as TACT does for the PC.  Hardy, any ideas?
 
Yours,
Paul
 
[You got me Paul; I just started learning UNIX a few weeks ago.  --Hardy]
 

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