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Re: Globe Lear
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2146  Wednesday, 12 September 2001

[1]     From:   Louis Swilley <
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        Date:   Monday, 10 Sep 2001 13:15:20 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2135 Re: Globe Lear

[2]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Monday, 10 Sep 2001 23:35:39 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2135 Re: Globe Lear


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From:           Louis Swilley <
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Date:           Monday, 10 Sep 2001 13:15:20 -0500
Subject: 12.2135 Re: Globe Lear
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2135 Re: Globe Lear

Dan Smith wrote,

" I am not sure I quite agree with the idea that Lear stripped is just a
distraction that adds nothing to the portrayal.  Lear is a man stripped
bare of everything, titles, power, sanity - to leave a bare
unacommodated man and this is a powerful symbol of that process."

I hope I did not suggest that Lear should not be stripped.  My point -
which I still maintain - is that an ACTOR playing Lear, stripped in an
open-air theater (the Globe) on a very cold day, distracts the audience
from concern and feeling for the character played to concern and feeling
for the actor playing him - and that cannot be the effect intended.  (I
am reminded of the old RSC (I think it was) production of "As You Like
It": the wrestling scene ended with Orlando's triumph over the wrestler
Charles by Orlando's knocking the wrestler in the head with his own
head.  The sound of this blow went ringing through the theater, causing
the audience to gasp - and not for the characters but for Roland Pickup
who played Orlando and the other actor who played Charles.  I was
sitting on the second row and had a clear view of Pickup's face and of
his eyes dangerously shifting focus.  I was not concerned for Orlando,
let me tell you, but for Mr. Pickup.  The necessary illusion of the play
was broken as we considered the pain of the actors. )

L. Swilley

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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Monday, 10 Sep 2001 23:35:39 -0400
Subject: 12.2135 Re: Globe Lear
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2135 Re: Globe Lear

Don Smith is right that Julian Glover is in much too good shape to strip
down to expose decrepitude.  Ian Holm succeeded in this quite well --
stark naked on stage and in a loincloth in the video version.

By the way (Dr. Burt take note), Holm seems to have a penchant for this
sort of thing.  He has a brief nude scene in an eminently forgettable
low budget Indie he did a year or so ago with Stanley Tucci, the name of
which I have forgotten.

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