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Re: Lincoln Center TN
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0821  Wednesday, 9 September 1998.

[1]     From:   Patricia Stewart <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 8 Sep 1998 14:25:56 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: Lincoln Center TN--pool exit

[2]     From:   Jefferson Cronin <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 9 Sep 1998 07:08:12 +1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0813  Re: Lincoln Center TN

[3]     From:   Abigail Quart <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 09 Sep 1998 19:17:30 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0813  Re: Lincoln Center TN


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From:           Patricia Stewart <
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Date:           Tuesday, 8 Sep 1998 14:25:56 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Re: Lincoln Center TN--pool exit

Could someone who has seen this production in the theatre tell me how
Sir Andrew exited the pool after he swam a few "laps."  Judging by the
laughter, the actor topped his swimming exhibition, but the TV camera
chose to look elsewhere. Inquiring minds want to know, etc.

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Date:           Wednesday, 9 Sep 1998 07:08:12 +1000
Subject: 9.0813  Re: Lincoln Center TN
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0813  Re: Lincoln Center TN

Tom Dale Keever for President!  Alas, he's probably too smart to want
the gig.

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From:           Abigail Quart <
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Date:           Wednesday, 09 Sep 1998 19:17:30 -0400
Subject: 9.0813  Re: Lincoln Center TN
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0813  Re: Lincoln Center TN

Well, I sure hope Tom got to see Serban's Cymbeline; not a star in it.

And I loved that he was as blown away as I was by Andre Braugher's
brilliant Antonio, the best I've ever seen.

But Tom, Shakespeare's a crapshoot. Most times, most of every production
you'll see is dreck, and then every now and then you get to walk out
feeling lucky just to have been there.

Tom, did you see A.J. Antoon's samba-sweet version of Midsummer Night's
Dream at the Public? I hope you did. We lost Antoon to AIDS so there
won't be any more from him.

Lots of silly factors dictate the quality of a play. While you rail
against Disney (and justly so, I'll bet money), remember they gave Julie
Taymor the freedom to create a Lion King so spectacular that hardened
theatrical professionals (who never see anything they have to pay for)
fell all over themselves actually buying tickets for beloved relatives.

And the one who was showcased in the Twelfth Night you were complaining
about was Braugher, the unknown from Juilliard.

When Joe Papp announced his intention to do a full cycle of all the
plays, his phone began ringing off the hook. The stars themselves were
calling, begging to be cast in the plays dearest to their hearts.
Sometimes it even worked out.

But Meryl Streep wasn't a star when she did the Delacorte Katherines in
Henry V and Taming of the Shrew. Who'd heard of Raul Julia or Michael
Moriarty or Kevin Kline or....? A few of those people, showcased in
Shakespeare, went on to other glory.

And if Helen Hunt wants to risk failure by going from screen to stage
and not the other way round, good for her. Shakespeare will survive. So
will we.
 

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