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Re: Acting the Bard
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0950  Friday, 5 April 2002

From:           Philip Tomposki <
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Date:           Thursday, 04 Apr 2002 10:57:29 -0500
Subject:        Re: Acting the Bard

Thomas Larque. writes:

"...Might not the ambiguities of the characters be a function of the
literary form in which Shakespeare wrote, rather than a simple
preparation for the fluidity of acting interpretations? Shakespeare, for
example, could easily have *told* Burbage whether Hamlet was really mad
or not, so many of the problems that confront modern actors would not
have caused difficulties for Shakespeare's original casts."

It is also possible that after a few years of working with Burbage,
Shakespeare could anticipate how he would deal with a role, what he
could communicate with a look, a gesture or some other body language.
In turn, Burbage, et al., would have learned to grasp how Shakespeare
meant a line or speech to be understood without being told.  This
synergy between actors and playwright may well be the cause of much of
the ambiguity we find in the plays.

Philip Tomposki

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