Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 70. Tuesday, 9 February 1993.
Date: Monday, 08 Feb 93 21:36:31 EST
Subject: 4.0068 Performance Criticism
Comment: Re: SHK 4.0068 Performance Criticism
Sean Kevin Lawrence's imagined production of HAMLET 1.1 jarred a memory of a
production I saw in a NYC storefront theatre three or four years ago. The
opening watch patrolled the "ramparts" with WW II rifles, walking SCARED. His
reaction to the next actor's entry was an eruption of "Agh-this-might-be-that
ghost-again" terror. A chilling enactment, vivid after several years. Alas,
everything after was sharply downhill from there, and we snuck out somewhere
after Polonius was blurbling incoherently to his son. Unfulfilled performances
have as much guilt to bear as unfulflled performance criticism. Ah, but THEORY
. . . or POLITICS . . .
Steve Urkowitz SURCC@CUNYVM