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Re: LePage *MND*; Shakespeare on Bravo
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0347.  Thursday, 21 April 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Thomas L. Berger <TBER@SLUMUS>
        Date:   Wednesday, 20 Apr 94 17:14:58 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0317 Re: *MND* Productions
 
(2)     From:   Nicholas Clary <
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        Date:   Thursday, 21 Apr 1994 08:34:02 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Shakespeare on Bravo
 
(3)     From:   Christine Mack Gordon <
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        Date:   Thursday, 21 Apr 1994 07:50:42 -0500
        Subj:   the bard on bravo
 
 
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From:           Thomas L. Berger <TBER@SLUMUS>
Date:           Wednesday, 20 Apr 94 17:14:58 EST
Subject: 5.0317 Re: *MND* Productions
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0317 Re: *MND* Productions
 
I too saw the 1992 LePage production of MND at the National, and while I liked
the thrill of the mud and the acrobat topless female Puck, I walked out struck
by the best example of upstaging I'd ever seen.  When Theseus is giving his
lunatic lover poet speech, Philostrate was busy in the background setting up
chairs for "Pyramus and Thisbe."  For each chair he had to walk across the seat
of the previous one (mud, don't you know), and by the time he had gotten about
4 chairs in (of 12 or 13), not a soul in the audience was paying the least bit
of attention to Theseus.  This seemed to me to reflect the entire production.
If they/it hated the text so much, why did they leave so much in?  Gosh, they
are no words in the MND ballet (is there one?  don't respond), so why such a
full text for this one?  To defeat it?  To beat up on it? Goodness.  Nice mud,
though.
 
Tom Berger at St. Lawrence University.
 
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Date:           Thursday, 21 Apr 1994 08:34:02 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Shakespeare on Bravo
 
On April 23, a telling date, Bravo is broadcasting the following programs
consecutively:
 
                The RSC
                Henry V
                Othello
                Macbeth
 
As my program guide provides nothing more than these titles, I cannot say
which versions we will get.  The Othello, I will assume from yesterday's
broadcast, is likely to be the Olivier (with a youthful Derek Jacobi as
Cassio, by the way).  If I can catch a preview before the end of the week, I
will add details.  Others may have better program guides.  While the
programming described above begins in the early evening, Othello will not start
until 12:30 am, and Macbeth not until 3:30 am.
 
Nick Clary
 
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From:           Christine Mack Gordon <
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Date:           Thursday, 21 Apr 1994 07:50:42 -0500
Subject:        the bard on bravo
 
To Mike Young and anyone interested:
 
Bravo traditionally shows some Shakespeare-related films\ during the bard's
birthday week. In Minneapolis-St Paul, in addition to earlier showing this
week, we have a triple bill of Orson Welles's *Macbeth* (Sat at 7 CDT),
Olivier's *Henry V* (Sat at 9 CDT), and Olivier's *Othello* (11:30 CDT). Also
related (though I'm not sure the folks at Bravo were aware of this when they
scheduled it), Gus Van Sant's *My Own Private Idaho* (shown last Sunday, being
repeated tomorrow (Friday) at 7 pm CDT. Happy viewing
 
--Chris Gordon, U of Minnesota
 

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