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Re: Michael Kahn's Comment
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0464.  Friday, 21 June 1996.

From:           Steve Urkowitz <
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Date:           Wednesday, 19 Jun 96 22:07:47 EDT
Subject: 7.0459  Michael Kahn's Comment
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0459  Michael Kahn's Comment

Hey, guys, I think we should notice that what people SAY they do and what they
actually can be observed doing ain't necessarily congruent in the world of
A-R-T.  (And Dan Traister just sent me a long list of guides for the perplexed
Depa rtment Chair, including "I have seen the truth, and it just doesn't make
sense.")  "Text" and "subtext" mean radically different things depending on
which acting book I've just read or seminar I've wandered through.  Michael
Kahn, delicious creature that he be, has turned out some of the finest and most
subtexturanial productions I've ever seen.  And he's flogged home some
stinkeroos.  How to  get actors to "act" may involve a director in all kinds of
educational strategies to break them out of a particular settled, safe way of

Try a little laughter.  Joke along with Michael Kahn.  Sing along with Patrick
Stewart.  See what works.  But try to hold the lacerating rhetorics for the
real nasties who would keep us from putting plays on at all.

                               Steve Urknosensowitz, English, CCNY

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