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Productions: *Ham.*; *Ado*; *Tro.*
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0615.  Monday, 14 August 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Christine Mack Gordon <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 9 Aug 95 17:42:14 -0500
        Subj:   [Castle Rock *Hamlet*]
 
(2)     From:   Chris Shamburg <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 9 Aug 95 23:00:40 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0583 Re: Beyond the Fringe; DC *Ado*
 
(3)     From:   Chris Stroffolino <LS0796@ALBNYVMS.BITNET>
        Date:   Saturday, 12 Aug 1995 02:44:37 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Troilus and Cressida in NYC
 
 
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From:           Christine Mack Gordon <
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Date:           Wednesday, 9 Aug 95 17:42:14 -0500
Subject:        [Castle Rock *Hamlet*]
 
This, just off the Internet, via colleagues in other discussion groups:
 
"Castle Rock is going to produce the full text Hamlet starting in January '96,
with Kenneth Branagh starring and directing."
 
I'm delighted, though I know not everyone will be.
 
Chris Gordon
 
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Date:           Wednesday, 9 Aug 95 23:00:40 EDT
Subject: 6.0583 Re: Beyond the Fringe; DC *Ado*
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0583 Re: Beyond the Fringe; DC *Ado*
 
I caught The Players' Theatre's *Much Ado About Nothing*.  It was excellent.
I think it's playing for two more weekends.  Bravo Players; Bravo Kate
Mazzetti(your  Beatrice was fantastic).  If anyone is travelling through DC,
I'd strongly suggest you see it.
 
Chris Shamburg

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From:           Chris Stroffolino <LS0796@ALBNYVMS.BITNET>
Date:           Saturday, 12 Aug 1995 02:44:37 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Troilus and Cressida in NYC
 
I just got back from NYC to see the FREE SHAKESPEARE in the park of Troilus and
Cressida--it is DEFINITELY worth seeing!--- The best thing about it was
Pandarus (Stephen "Angels In America" Spinella" and Thersities (Tim Blake
Nelson--late of Dave Rosenthal's "Paradigm" plays)--In this production, these
characters seemed to get the last word--there is of course a danger in this,
for the lovers themselves could have been played better (though this may be the
directors fault)--and it was hard to get emotionally close to them-- yet this
would not be the first time T&C has been read this way... many critics still
claim thersities is the mouthpiece of the play, or Pandarus. Another
disappointment was Achilles--He was played as a drunk and the possibly noble
reasons for him not fighting were not at all evident (his love for polyxena,
for instance, was totally cut) ---for the most part the text was pretty
faithfully held to-- there were a couple notable omissions though (Troilus's
line about Helen as a "PRICE that launched a thousand ships" was absent) and
some interpolations that were ridiculous---"Placket" was changed to "cunt" and
Cressida's "Will you give him the nod" was changed to "will you give him the
FINGER"---One of the best "modernizations" however was the way the greek
generals seemed like mobster-god-fellow types (excellant acting of Ulysses and
Nestor especially)--I mean "GOOD FELLAHS"---and the way the Ajax-Achilles
rivalry was played up as two boxers (both were black, significantly, and the
contrast with the "white" generals played this up) against the great-white-
hope, Hector, was very effective and didn't get in the way of the meaning of
the plot (it was pretty subtle). But, the director didn't seem to be aware of
Troilus's coldness towards Cressida in the morning after scene and created a
disjunction between the words and the actions there that was glaring.
Nonetheless, for a play that is seldom performed, this was certainly the best
version I've seen...and it is well worth getting up early and waiting in line
for.....Chris Stroffolino
 

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