2001

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0925  Wednesday, 25 April 2001

[1]     From:   J. Birjepatil <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Tuesday, 24 Apr 2001 11:04:59 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0915 Re: Beale Hamlet

[2]     From:   Mike Jensen <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Tuesday, 24 Apr 2001 08:28:46 -0700
        Subj:   SHK 12.0915 Re: Beale Hamlet

[3]     From:   Vick Bennison <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Tuesday, 24 Apr 2001 21:40:10 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0915 Re: Beale Hamlet


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From:           J. Birjepatil <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 24 Apr 2001 11:04:59 +0000
Subject: 12.0915 Re: Beale Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0915 Re: Beale Hamlet

I have not seen the Beale performance but the controversy surrounding
his Hamlet reminds me of the way Shakespearewallahs in England reacted
to David Warner's 'hippy' RSC Hamlet in the mid-sixties. Although Warner
's delivery  flouted conventional sonorities much to the dismay of
academic critics, his was nevertheless a powerful engagement with Hamlet
as a man crucified by experience beyond his reach.  Ethan Hawkes's film
version of Hamlet and Al Pacino's Richard III were also well received in
England.  Transatlantic transfers of stage productions do not always go
awry, but Branagh's Hamlet was subjected to somewhat fierce mauling in
Britain whereas in the US it was hailed as a meaningful production.

J. Birjepatil

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From:           Mike Jensen <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 24 Apr 2001 08:28:46 -0700
Subject: Re: Beale Hamlet
Comment:        SHK 12.0915 Re: Beale Hamlet

With respect to William Proctor Williams, who wrote,

>Charles Weinstein's comments on Beale's Hamlet are in rather marked
>contrast to its reception in the UK where it was praised.  I saw it at
>the National and agreed with the critics.  Perhaps productions change
>when they cross the Atlantic, or perhaps the audiences are different on
>the western side of the Atlantic.

Or perhaps beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Mr. Weinstein is well
known for his jaundiced eye.

Mike Jensen

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From:           Vick Bennison <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 24 Apr 2001 21:40:10 EDT
Subject: 12.0915 Re: Beale Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0915 Re: Beale Hamlet

Karen Peterson-Kranz said:

>Coveney suggested that Beale's performance might be a candidate for this
>generation's reinvention of *Hamlet*.

Exactly.  A Dilbert Hamlet.

I saw it in Boston.  I liked it.  But I'm a software engineer who works
in a cube just like Dilbert.

- Vick Bennison

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