The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1907 Friday, 5 November 1999.
From: Larry Weiss <
Date: Thursday, 04 Nov 1999 12:53:30 -0500
Subject: 10.1890 Re: Old Bill
Comment: Re: SHK 10.1890 Re: Old Bill
Mike Jensen wrote:
>As an auditor to the show [JC at the Globe], I found nothing particularly
>pointed in the
>telling. It was just another fairly acceptable rendering of the play in
>mock Elizabethan style, actors playing Roman citizens emerging from the
>audience being a modern touch. It might have worked it they didn't have
>such trouble pulling themselves to the high stage.
>Most of the critics I read praised it highly. I found it a bit dull.
>Maybe I should have tired standing. My wife insisted on chairs.
I agree with Mike, except that I am not sure the actors in the yard
playing plebeians are "a modern touch"; for all we know it was done that
way at the first Globe. I'd like to think it was.
I, too, found the JC pedestrian. The actors who played Brutus and
Antony were especially o'erparted. On the other hand, the A&C was
brilliant. Mark Rylance made a believable Cleo. The actor who played
Brutus in JC was Charmian in A&C, and did a great job. The non-drag
characters, especially Antony (not the same Antony in JC), were also
excellent. Sorry I don't have my program handy, or I would provide the
By the way, how is it no one has commented about the 1999 Globe season
except to note that Jiang Zemin attended part of one performance? Are
we getting jaded?