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Re: ACTER MM
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1063.  Wednesday, 22 October 1997.

[1]     From:   Eric Armstrong <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 21 Oct 1997 13:08:48 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1058  Re: ACTER MM

[2]     From:   Kathleen Cleary <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 21 Oct 1997 20:49:28 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1058 Re: ACTER MM


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From:           Eric Armstrong <
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Date:           Tuesday, 21 Oct 1997 13:08:48 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.1058  Re: ACTER MM; Vision in Macbeth
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1058  Re: ACTER MM; Vision in Macbeth

>After having had the excellent fortune of being able to bring ACTER to
>our campus last semester, I am keenly interested in hearing any reviews
>of the current production, MEASURE FOR MEASURE.  Have any SHAKSPEReans
>seen it?

>David Skeele

I got to see the first half of MM at Brandeis last week and then went
out to dinner with the company later on in the week. First off, let me
say that they are all great people and they bring an excitement to their
work, especially the teaching part, that is palpable and very
worthwhile.

Keeping in mind that my comments about MM are based solely on the LONG
first act, I would say that I enjoyed the performances but felt that
there was little that was exceptional about it. It was a solid show,
which is quite a feat considering that the whole thing is done
democratically, with no director's eye. Simon Day, who plays Angelo and
Claudio notably, is a very talented actor and brings the stage to life
with his energy, clear choices and considerable technique. The other
actors are consistent but not necessarily very imaginative. Their use of
the simple staging and costuming were very effective, and for those not
accustomed to these kind of theatrics, quite exciting. A colleague was
heard to retort that Isabella's choice to be "basically a ninny" seems a
bit harsh, but there was an unusual unevenness to her performance.
Another colleague remarked that her transformation at the end (which of
course I did not see) felt "unjustified" (her word) - it came out of
nowhere.

I felt that, though it was expensive, the company did a lot for the
community as a whole, and that they were involved in  (and made a strong
impression ) other classes than ones in English and Theatre classes (one
actor went into an art class to discuss Shakespeare in PreRaphaelite
art). A very intelligent company with much to share based on their view
point: contemporary British professional actors working in the U.S.

Eric Armstrong.

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From:           Kathleen Cleary <
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Date:           Tuesday, 21 Oct 1997 20:49:28 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 8.1058 Re: ACTER MM; Vision in Macbeth
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1058 Re: ACTER MM; Vision in Macbeth

We had the great fortune of bringing ACTER to our campus a couple of
weeks ago and their production of _Measure For Measure_ was gripping.
Simon Day played both Angelo and Claudio and was outstanding.  The
doubling of the characters added many interesting layers to the
production.  All the actors were very solid and their interpretation of
the script illuminated what was for me a very dense play.  We are hoping
to bring ACTER back next year.  The workshops were great; highlights
included a speaking Shakespearean verse workshop by Richard Simpson and
a movement workshop by Simon Day.  For more details, feel free to e-mail
me at 
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Kathleen Colligan Cleary, Ph.D.
Performing Arts Program Coordinator
Clark State Community College
 

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