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Re: NYSF Tro.; Time; Edgar
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0620.  Thursday, 17 August 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Chris Stroffolino <LS0796@ALBNYVMS.BITNET>
        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Aug 1995 07:05:26 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0616  Re: NYSF *Tro.*
 
(2)     From:   Dale Lyles <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Aug 1995 16:08:16 -0400
        Subj:   Re: Time in H4
 
(3)     From:   John F. Keogh <
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        Date:   Thursday, 17 Aug 1995 19:03:23 +1000
        Subj:   Edgar and your answers
 
 
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From:           Chris Stroffolino <LS0796@ALBNYVMS.BITNET>
Date:           Wednesday, 16 Aug 1995 07:05:26 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 6.0616  Re: NYSF *Tro.*
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0616  Re: NYSF *Tro.*
 
To G.L. Horton--
 
Well, the fact that we couldn't see the Trojans returning from Battle in 1.2.
isn't necessarily a bad directorial decision--there's much precedent--as that
article (Barbara Hogdon?) "He Do Cressida In Different Voices" documents--for
it. I guess what bugged me most about that scene was the fact that Cressida's
witty comments were lost in (a) over-acting by the actress and (b) the decision
to have about 6 or 7 others (a la Russian Soviet politboro) watching with
Pandarus and Cressida....this diminished the effectiveness. The critical
problem is becoming, for me, this: "How can one do justice to PANDAR as well as
CRESSIDA?" And also, How can one do justice to THERSITIES without totally
robbing from the potential pathos of Achilles?---The problem of lack of
differentiation between the Greeks and Trojans didn't bug me as much, and it
seemed that it was actually intended to some extent (especially because the
director knew he had strong Thersities and Pandarus and THEY seem indifferent
to the distinction!). Aeneas, by the way, gave a good performance. And I too
would suggest that one sits near the middle-- even if one doesn't get to see,
as i did, the full moon rise over the huge picture of Helen that served as the
"curtain"----Chris S.
 
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From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Wednesday, 16 Aug 1995 16:08:16 -0400
Subject:        Re: Time in H4
 
We noticed the same recurrence of the word/concept of time in Errors.  As an
added fillip to our broad, vaudevillian approach, every character had a watch,
and checked it every time the issue arose.  Led to some very funny parallel
motions developed by the actors; became a running gag, underscoring that
Aristotelian unity thing.
 
Dale
Newnan Community Theatre Company
Newnan, GA
 
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From:           John F. Keogh <
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Date:           Thursday, 17 Aug 1995 19:03:23 +1000
Subject:        Edgar and your answers
 
Being new to this list I am none too sure of the acceptable conventions.  I
haven't seen too many thank you letters so I may be doing the wrong thing in
cluttering up the space.
 
I'd like to thank everyone for the answers to my Edgar question I found Carmen
di Biase's answer particularly helpful.
 
I still find  "King Lear" the most difficult of all Shakespeare's plays to
teach.
 
So much of it seems to be "felt".  How do you teach "feeling" to teenagers who
are far more in tune with "Romeo and Juliet" ?
 
Any advice?
John Keogh
 

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