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Re: Shakes&Co; New Globe; Stratford
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0825.  Thursday, 7 August 1997.

[1]     From:   G. L. Horton <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 06 Aug 1997 08:17:31
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0819  Shakes&Co posting blunder

[2]     From:   Edna Z. Boris <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 06 Aug 97 16:59:21 EDT
        Subj:   Zulu Macbeth at Globe

[3]     From:   Jay Johnson <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 6 Aug 1997 21:55:57 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0818  Q: Shakespeare at Stratford


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From:           G. L. Horton <
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Date:           Wednesday, 06 Aug 1997 08:17:31
Subject: 8.0819  Shakes&Co posting blunder
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0819  Shakes&Co posting blunder

Oops-I left blanks for the actors' names in my post, intending to check
spellings-and then sent it by mistake.  Sorry! The actors are:

Shakespeare & Co.'s (Lenox, MA) Allyn Burrows  and Dan McCleary    go
from Hal and Hotspur in Henry4 pt 1 to Jerry and Robert in Pinter's
"Betrayal"....

G.L.Horton -- Newton, MA, USA

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From:           Edna Z. Boris <
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Date:           Wednesday, 06 Aug 97 16:59:21 EDT
Subject:        Zulu Macbeth at Globe

Although I went with reluctance to see the Zulu Macbeth playing this
week at the Globe, the evening turned out to be one I'll probably never
forget. Through pouring rain, groundlings stood (in  plastic rain
protectors that the Globe sells).  My theater companion had gotten there
before me and rented seat cushions, which I strongly recommend that
others do.  The seats are without backs and are hard.

As others have reported, the Globe's intimacy, acoustics, sightlines all
work well.  Occasional English translations and explanations flashed on
two screens suspended on the railing of the middle level of seats, near
the stage, because the spoken and sung text was in Zulu.

The energy of the Zulu performance was extraordinary.  Any other
"curtain call" after having seen this one will seem tame.  The run is
for this week only.  See it if you can.

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From:           Jay Johnson <
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Date:           Wednesday, 6 Aug 1997 21:55:57 -0600
Subject: 8.0818  Q: Shakespeare at Stratford
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0818  Q: Shakespeare at Stratford

With regard to this season at Stratford, I very much enjoyed Hamlet, but
I didn't like Much Ado as much as I hoped to; Alex Jennings was very
good in both of them.  Hamlet, directed by Adrian Noble, is heavily cut
and set in the modern world (the 1920s? 30s?), and it moves along
briskly, surprising you along the way with its original takes on certain
lines and scenes. The first appearance of the ghost at the wedding
celebration and Jennings, during the play-within-a play scene, playing
in clown's white-face are examples.  Much Ado also has some unique
interpretations, but here they come across as a bit forced and
idiosyncratic.  Jennings and Siobhan Redmond are very satisfying as
Beatrice and Benedick, but the production raises issues, questions, and
ideas that seem to come from nowhere and are to little purpose.  The
silent presence of the young boy at crucial moments is an example.

Cheers,
Jay Johnson
Medicine Hat College
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
 

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