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Re: Richard II
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2680  Wednesday, 28 November 2001

From:           R. A. Cantrell <
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Date:           Tuesday, 27 Nov 2001 09:41:25 -0600
Subject: 12.2670 Re: Richard II
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2670 Re: Richard II

> I won't respond directly to Stephen Dobbin's explosion of rage against
> Terence Hawkes, except to suggest that perhaps it's unwise to be too
> vituperative when blaming another for vituperation.
>
> In defense of TH, however -- and I hear the ghost of Brother Dave
> saying, "Now ain't that weird" -- I also have problems with audiences
> being too close to the actor, whether as an audience-member or an actor.
> I grant this may simply be a personality problem on the one hand, and a
> limitation of skill on the other, but it is true. When I'm on-stage I
> think as little as possible

Unwisdom being my specialty, let me note that it's good to know someone
else remembers Brother Dave and Miss Baby. I often take T. Hawkes's to
task because of our disparate politics, but I  though his remark about
actors company inoffensive and meant in good humor. As to actors
thinking, it's the last thing anyone else on the stage/set wants.

All the best,
R. A. Cantrell

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