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Re: Shakespeare's Skum Macbeth
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1025  Friday, 12 May 2000.

[1]     From:   Jeffrey Myers <
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        Date:   Thursday, 11 May 2000 11:27:07 -0400
        Subj:   RE: SHK 11.1018 Shakespeare's Skum Macbeth

[2]     From:   Dale Lyles <
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        Date:   Thursday, 11 May 2000 13:00:57 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1018 Shakespeare's Skum Macbeth

[3]     From:   Eric W Beato <
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        Date:   Thursday, 11 May 2000 22:27:25 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 11.1018 Shakespeare's Skum Macbeth


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From:           Jeffrey Myers <
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Date:           Thursday, 11 May 2000 11:27:07 -0400
Subject: 11.1018 Shakespeare's Skum Macbeth
Comment:        RE: SHK 11.1018 Shakespeare's Skum Macbeth

>During the melee, the baby is
>taken from her, she and her son are killed and they are dragged off in
>different directions.  All that is left is one murderer, with the
>bundle, standing with his back towards us.  I had heard it
>was a bloody
>show, and fully expected something gruesome.  Instead there
>is a sudden
>twist of his hands and a sharp audible crack of the baby's neck,
>followed by the low painful groan of the audience.  It is a heart
>stopping moment, but I haven't figured out if I think it is great
>theater, or cheap manipulation.

I suppose I felt it was the latter partly because they used the same
sound effect for the same result when they did _Othello_.  I guess it
wasn't as cheap as the vomit-drinking Porter.

Jeff Myers

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From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Thursday, 11 May 2000 13:00:57 EDT
Subject: 11.1018 Shakespeare's Skum Macbeth
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1018 Shakespeare's Skum Macbeth

Uh, oh--I thought cheap manipulation *was* great theatre.  Now I have to
rethink my whole aesthetic.

Dale Lyles
Newnan Community Theatre Company
http://newnantheatre.com

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From:           Eric W Beato <
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Date:           Thursday, 11 May 2000 22:27:25 -0400
Subject: Shakespeare's Skum Macbeth
Comment:        SHK 11.1018 Shakespeare's Skum Macbeth

No one laughed at the banquet scene of MACBETH when Barbara Gaines and
the Shakespeare Repertory Theatre (now the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre)
presented her outstanding Macbeth.  Her guest director, whose name
escapes me now, had determined that the scene must be a nightmare.  They
lit the stage from the side, with all the guests at table falling into
the dark and only their eerie hands holding their goblets visible in the
light.  A nightmare it was, for Macbeth, for his countrymen, and for
this moved audience.  Outstanding direction and execution of a scene.
We in the Midwest are lucky to have this outstanding theatre in our
midst.

Rick Beato
Lisle (IL) Senior High School
 

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