Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 196.  Saturday, 27 March 1993.
From:           Steve Urkowitz <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 27 Mar 93 10:41:46 EST
Subject: 4.0195  Bears on Stage
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0195  Bears on Stage
"Nay, you must name his name, and half his face must be seen through the lion's
neck, and he himself must speak through, saying thus . . ."  If, as some have
speculated, the Bear negotiates our complicated transition from grim death
through comic rebirth, the effect seems like it calls for at least an instant
of "Uh oh, there's a bear," before "Oh, that's not a REAL bear," sets in.  One
wouldn't want the audience to have to speculate that the bear goes offstage
really to dine on the gentleman.  Though I can imagine some directors desiring
that impression.  So, while an actor might for a moment give the impression of
being a bear, it's sort of hard for a bear to give much conviction to his or
her protrayal of being an actor.  (Apologies to that guild of performing
animals that gets credits at the end of movies now and again.)
                                    In springtime,
                                            Steve Bearkowitz, SURCC@CUNYVM

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