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Re: Productions at New Globe
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1035  Monday, 15 April 2002

[1]     From:   Steve Roth <
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        Date:   Friday, 12 Apr 2002 11:16:50 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1020 Productions at New Globe

[2]     From:   Karen Peterson <
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        Date:   Friday, 12 Apr 2002 08:21:27 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1020 Productions at New Globe


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From:           Steve Roth <
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Date:           Friday, 12 Apr 2002 11:16:50 -0700
Subject: 13.1020 Productions at New Globe
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1020 Productions at New Globe

Larry Weiss:

>My ranking is as follows:
>
>AYLI (rated highest because of the enchanting Rosaline)
>A&C (all male cast)
>HenV (all male cast)
>C/E
>M/V
>Ham
>KL
>TNK
>JC
>Mac (gimmicky)
>Cym (very gimmicky)
>WT (gimmicky)

I've only seen a few. My ranking:

Cymbeline ("gimmicks" that for me perfectly used the space and
associated historicity, without trying to be "authentic.")

Hamlet (a fine production, taking some advantage of the space and "feel"
of the theater)

Macbeth (truly execrable, gimmicks and one trivial and tenuous conceit;
seemed to have no notion of the space or audience it was working with)

So gimmicks and authenticity as measures of success doesn't jibe with my
(limited) experience.

Thanks,
Steve
http://princehamlet.com

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From:           Karen Peterson <
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Date:           Friday, 12 Apr 2002 08:21:27 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 13.1020 Productions at New Globe
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1020 Productions at New Globe

Larry,

> ...It seems to me that the ones
> that worked best
> were the traditionally staged productions and the
> worst were the
> gimmicky ones.

Did you see the 1999 *Tempest*?  Where would you place it in your list?
My own reactions were mixed.  The Caliban-groundling interactions were
fun, and I quite liked the (female) Ariel.  I thought Vanessa Redgrave
was disappointing, and to use your term, gimmicky.  I'm curious about
your thoughts, and of course the responses of others who saw it.

Cheers,
Karen

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