The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1052 Tuesday, 16 April 2002
Date: Monday, 15 Apr 2002 15:45:57 -0400
Subject: 13.1035 Re: Productions at New Globe
Comment: Re: SHK 13.1035 Re: Productions at New Globe
Karen Peterson asks me,
> 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.
Yes, I did see it. In going over my programs last night I realized that
it had completely slipped my mind, which probably says it all. I would
place it on the list just above JC, in other words: pretty low. I agree
with Karen that the Caliban-groundlings by-play was fun, but was it
Shakespeare? And is it consistent with the character? I agree that
Redgrave was weak, but I didn't find her portrayal gimmicky, just flat.
She played the part sufficiently androgynously to make me believe she
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