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Re: Reeves; Metadrama; Ghost Light; Kiss Me;
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 110. Wednesday, 15 February 1995.
 
(1)     From:   John Mills <
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        Date:   Monday, 13 Feb 1995 13:17:31 -0700 (MST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0101  Re: Hamlet in Winnipeg
 
(2)     From:   Michael Norman <NORMANM@UNCG.BITNET>
        Date:   Monday, 13 Feb 1995 16:49:50 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Shakespearean Metadrama
 
(3)     From:   James Schaefer <SCHAEFEJ@GUVAX.BITNET>
        Date:   Tuesday, 14 Feb 1995 13:14:11 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Electronic ghost lights
 
(4)     From:   Matthew Henerson <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 14 Feb 1995 11:22:55 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0094  Q: Kiss Me Video
 
(5)     From:   John Boni <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 14 Feb 1995 16:32:51 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0105 Re: Hamlet and Fortinbras
 
 
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From:           John Mills <
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Date:           Monday, 13 Feb 1995 13:17:31 -0700 (MST)
Subject: 6.0101  Re: Hamlet in Winnipeg
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0101  Re: Hamlet in Winnipeg
 
You are certainly not alone in your opinion of Reeves.  I thought him execrable
in Much Ado and the mind reels at the thought of him playing Hamlet or, for
that matter, any other Shakespearean role--large or small.  (He was bearable in
Little Buddha but then he didn't have much to do except look spiritual.)  I
wonder though if there is a generation gap here.  I cut my teeth on Olivier and
went on to admire Burton and Nicol Williamson greatly.  Nor am I an anglophile
snob.  I thought Richard Chamberlain was more than respectable and Gibson's
Hamlet was nothing to be ashamed of either-what there was of it.  But the stage
history of the play shows that "old-stagers" never like the upstart crow
newcomer.  It is worth remembering in this connection that the oldtimers
thought that matinee idol movie actor Olivier had a lot of nerve daring to play
Hamlet.
 
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From:           Michael Norman <NORMANM@UNCG.BITNET>
Date:           Monday, 13 Feb 1995 16:49:50 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Shakespearean Metadrama
 
_Shakespearean Metadrama_, edited by John Blanpied, can be located at the
following libraries:
        Southern Illinois University
        Northern Kentucky University
        Brandeis University, MA
        Bowling Green State University, OH
All libraries listed are suppliers with interlibrary loan. I found the
information from OCLC's Worldcat on FirstSearch. This is a very valuable tool
for finding where desired materials are located. I use it almost daily in my
research. Hope this helps.
 
Michael Norman
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From:           James Schaefer <SCHAEFEJ@GUVAX.BITNET>
Date:           Tuesday, 14 Feb 1995 13:14:11 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Electronic ghost lights
 
I'm not an electrician, but wouldn't Alice Kroman's electronic ghost lights be
the slowly dissipating current from a capacitor?
 
Jim Schaefer
 
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From:           Matthew Henerson <
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Date:           Tuesday, 14 Feb 1995 11:22:55 -0800
Subject: 6.0094  Q: Kiss Me Video
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0094  Q: Kiss Me Video
 
>Could somebody tell me where I might borrow/rent the video Kiss Me Petruchio?
 
The only place I have seen it is at the main branch of the Santa Monica Library
near Los Angeles.  But since it is a documentary on a production done through
the Public Theater in New York, you might try calling there.
 
Matt
 
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From:           John Boni <
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Date:           Tuesday, 14 Feb 1995 16:32:51 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 6.0105 Re: Hamlet and Fortinbras
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0105 Re: Hamlet and Fortinbras
 
RE: Hamlet and Action.
 
Several persons have mentioned Hamlet's reasoning as he watches Fortinbras'
army preparing to fight over something not worth the sacrifice.  To me, in the
"How all occasions" soliloquy, Hamlet echoes Hotspur in a fixation upon honor,
despite odds and object.  Someone in this thread (I'm sorry I can't recall who)
pointed out that a character (particularly Hamlet) may say and do things which
are very important but which will distance him/her from us.  Well, that, to my
mind, is part of the duality of the tragic hero, particularly in Shakespeare.
Hamlet refuses to kill Claudius for the wrong reasons--he wants to control the
fate of Claudius' soul (something reserved to god); he kills Polonius
unthinkingly--not the sort of action we associate with the intellectual,
sensitive person we have come to know and love; then in belittling his own
inaction in contrast to the action of Fortinbras' soldiers, he embraces values
worthy of Hotspur.  Tragic loss.
 
John M. Boni, Dean
College of Arts & Sciences
Northeastern Illinois University
 

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