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"The Shakespeare Session" on PBS
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0342  Friday, 21 February 2003

From:           Charles Weinstein <
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Date:           Thursday, 20 Feb 2003 18:44:54 -0500
Subject:        "The Shakespeare Session" on PBS

Nothing I like better than watching American actors murder Shakespeare:
the stilted delivery, the mouthy recitation, the lack of ease,
understanding and assurance.  Too bad they had to bring in Harriet
Walter from the UK, who immediately threw everyone in her shadow ("Now
pay attention, children; this is how it's done").  Too bad, also, that
they gave so much air-time to Kevin Kline.  (Whenever I want to feel
really angry, I watch his lachrymose and amateurish Hamlet, painfully
over-cautious in his enunciation, ceaselessly impressing himself with
his ability to cry on cue.)  The only one who showed any promise was
Cynthia Nixon in her truncated stint as Viola; but then she had to
follow it up with a clumsily-executed Beatrice.  And just think:  for
only $199 (plus $9.95 for shipping and handling), this cruelly revealing
tape can be yours for life.

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