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Re: Cymbeline
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2763  Thursday, 6 December 2001

[1]     From:   Graham Hall <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 05 Dec 2001 19:34:52 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2748 Re: Cymbeline

[2]     From:   Ros King <
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        Date:   Thursday, 6 Dec 2001 14:43:31 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2756 Re: Bartlett Sher's Cymbeline


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From:           Graham Hall <
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Date:           Wednesday, 05 Dec 2001 19:34:52 +0000
Subject: 12.2748 Re: Cymbeline
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2748 Re: Cymbeline

>From: John Ramsay

[...]Country and Western' is that twanging, 'Your Cheatin' Heart'
music[...].

Isn't that the stuff heard on enchanted islands?

[...]Must get confused in Britain with movie 'Westerns' because of
similar costumes[...].

Or directors like Bartlett Sher having cowboys sing it in Shakespeare
plays, I suppose.

Mind you, the Samurai, Stonehengers, Private Eyes, giant yellow shower
curtain, flatulent hobby horse, pink mobile neon light strip, bongos,
confetti snow storm, flowered umbrellas, lariat, harmonica, bullwhips
and so forth helped clear up a few of the play's cruxes that the Globe's
single-uniform Cymbeline introduced earlier this year.

But it was still worth the twenty dollar entrance fee. So come to
Stratford.....please!

Best wishes,
Graham Hall

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From:           Ros King <
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Date:           Thursday, 6 Dec 2001 14:43:31 +0000
Subject: 12.2756 Re: Bartlett Sher's Cymbeline
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2756 Re: Bartlett Sher's Cymbeline

I saw it at the Other Place last Monday. I loved the cowboys - gave an
entirely new twist to the line 'Prouder than rustling in unpaid-for
silk'!- but the broad accents also gave a life and intensity to the
language which was sometimes lacking in the courtly characters. Imogen
also looked more at home as a cowgirl (sic) than she did as a princess.
They really did not know what to do with Posthumous, however, and there
was a - to me - meaningless stage-wide, red neon strip light which was
lowered for the prison scene. Can't say I noticed any Kabuki movements
or dance although that concept does account for the bizarre (unhelpful)
use of Japanese costume motifs for both the Romans and the British
court.  The journey to Wales was mimed with two Japanese umbrellas and a
confetti snowstorm - effective in its way although the notion of bitter
cold was not/could not be sustained in the scene that followed.  Cloten
was appropriately furiously violent and had a nice routine with a hobby
horse which raised it's tail as punctuation for the line 'What mortality
is [plop]'. The audience really enjoyed it - indeed the landlord of my
B&B had gone to see it twice.  I'm glad I made the effort to go and had
much more fun than I often have with RSC productions.

Ros

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