Make a Donation

Consider making a donation to support SHAKSPER.

Subscribe to Our Feeds

Current Postings RSS

Announcements RSS

Home :: Archive :: 2000 :: August ::
Re: Stratford Festival
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1607  Tuesday, 29 August 2000.

[1]     From:   HR Greenberg <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
        Date:   Monday, 28 Aug 2000 18:36:01 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1600 Re: Stratford Festival Hamlet

[2]     From:   Shari Morey <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
        Date:   Monday, 28 Aug 00 18:10:29 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1600 Re: Stratford Festival Hamlet

[3]     From:   HR Greenberg <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
        Date:   Monday, 28 Aug 2000 17:13:41 EDT
        Subj:   Re: Elizabeth Rex

[1]-----------------------------------------------------------------
From:           HR Greenberg <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Monday, 28 Aug 2000 18:36:01 EDT
Subject: 11.1600 Re: Stratford Festival Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1600 Re: Stratford Festival Hamlet

I have just seen the HAMLET at Stratford, and as noted, greatly missed
the many deletions. It's a good HAMLET for young people, quite
straightforward.  Gross is not great, to much fluttering of the hands at
the onset, but he does capture the madcap antic quality of the character
quite well. There is no mystery either to the production or his
performance. Liked an angry Ghost who actually grips Hamlet as opposed
to all the other Ghosts at some distance, often a great distance.

The really fine productions were of AS YOU LIKE IT and TITUS A. The
sense of transgressive excess, of grief surreally transforming into
cracked wit, quite good.

MEDEA was quite possibly the best play and best performance of the
Festival -- actress named Diane D'Aquila who I do not know was amazing;
she was also a fine Elizabeth Rex.

HR Greenberg MD

[2]-------------------------------------------------------------
From:           Shari Morey <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Monday, 28 Aug 00 18:10:29 -0600
Subject: 11.1600 Re: Stratford Festival Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1600 Re: Stratford Festival Hamlet

I agree very much with Mike Jensen's assessment of Gross' performance.
My husband and I saw it at the end of June. The theatre was filled with
"teenyboppers," who were completely entranced. At the end, the house was
filled with the screaming and applause of young girls (and a standing
ovation from the same). But, as my husband noted, virtually no one in
the first eight rows -- mostly members of the festival -- stood.

We both found Gross' performance very "weepy" throughout. The people we
talked with the members' lounge at intermission agreed. My feeling is
that he would have been much better in the role given another five years
or so of stage work. It's not that he was a bad Hamet; he was fine,
really. I just began to dread the soliloquies because I knew he'd be a
sobbing mess by the end of them. He just didn't seem mature enough for
the role.

I somehow missed the list's comments on Elizabeth Rex, but I wanted to
say that it was probably one of the single most powerful plays I've seen
at the Patterson. We saw a preview, but you'd never have guessed by the
caliber of the performances. In fact, we're usually disappointed at
shows in the Patterson, but pretty much enjoyed everything we saw there
this year -- more so than Hamlet and DEFINITELY more so than the
half-hearted attempt at Much Ado we saw this year at the Avon.

Shari Morey

[3]-------------------------------------------------------------
From:           HR Greenberg <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Monday, 28 Aug 2000 17:13:41 EDT
Subject:        Re: Elizabeth Rex

I have just seen the ELIZABETH REX at Stratford, and -- not being a
Shakespearean scholar -- wondered if a central issue in the play had
been discussed in academia at any length. Key character without
revealing much more is an adult female impersonator a la the female
impersonators of Kabuki drama. Assumption being that an adolescent boy
wouldn't have the reach, maturity, et cetera, to take on one of
Shakespeare's strong, older women -- Lady Macbeth, Tamora, Titania, so
forth. If there's been any significant scholarship on this subject, I
would greatly appreciate references.

The play, by the by, is well worth seeing. Of the Stratford HAMLET, if
this hasn't been already covered, it's fair, but strangely truncated
after the complete version one has had through Branagh.

Thanks in advance.  HR Greenberg MD
 

©2011 Hardy Cook. All rights reserved.