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Re: New York CYMBELINE
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0752  Wednesday, 12 August 1998.

[1]     From:   Carl Fortunato <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Aug 1998 13:52:51 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0751  New York CYMBELINE

[2]     From:   Abigail Quart <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 12 Aug 1998 03:29:36 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0751  New York CYMBELINE


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From:           Carl Fortunato <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Aug 1998 13:52:51 EDT
Subject: 9.0751  New York CYMBELINE
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0751  New York CYMBELINE

>Has anybody seen the Shakespeare in Central Park production of
>CYMBELINE?t's worth seeing. Best things about it are IACHIMO (this was
>the best IACHIMO i've seen so far, he wasn't played like some frat boy,
>or some cardboard villain) and POSTHUMUS himself was pretty good (though
>the first scene with him and Imogen is not very convincing-at least from
>as far back as I was sitting). Imogen was pretty good. The Jupiter on
>Eagle scene was kept, but could have been done better. The queen (who
>was played by the woman who played the prostitute in DECONSTRUCTING
>HARRY) was too theatrical flailing, and I've seen better Clotens-but-as
>a whole-the play is worth seeing, especially so to let the public
>theatre know that there is still an audience for Shakespeare in the Park
>(and to get them to stop doing MUSICALS!)...

I saw it just this passed Saturday, and was about to drop a note
praising it myself.   I thought it was totally superb, with a few small
reservations.  I thought Posthumous monologue, where he comes into the
audience, was done terrifically.  And I disagree with you about Cloten,
I thought he was hysterical.  I also thought the set was fabulous.  And
the savages - I always thought of them as being rather personality-less,
but they certainly weren't in this production.  It bothered my wife that
the actress that played Imogen was slightly pregnant, but I didn't even
notice until she pointed it out.

I've never thought much of this play, but this production is making me
wonder if it's just one of Shakespeare's that is much better on the
stage than on the page.  Maybe it was *always* better than I thought it
was.

And as for the Public Theatre knowing there's an audience - the theatre
was quite full when I saw it.

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From:           Abigail Quart <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Aug 1998 03:29:36 -0400
Subject: 9.0751  New York CYMBELINE
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0751  New York CYMBELINE

The radio ads list Andrei Serban as the director. He is currently at
Columbia University's School of the Arts (he's the man who insisted that
a theatre school have an acting program-something they never bothered
about before). His direction has always been excitingly visual (although
sometimes he directs the stage instead of the actors). One of the
courses he teaches is Acting Shakespeare.
 

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