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Re: Review of The Tempest at the Old Vic
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0377  Wednesday, 26 February 2003

[1]     From:   Brian Willis <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 25 Feb 2003 09:50:52 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0359 Re: Review of The Tempest at the Old Vic

[2]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 25 Feb 2003 17:00:18 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0359 Re: Review of The Tempest at the Old Vic


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From:           Brian Willis <
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Date:           Tuesday, 25 Feb 2003 09:50:52 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 14.0359 Re: Review of The Tempest at the Old Vic
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0359 Re: Review of The Tempest at the Old Vic

Two excellent reviews. Both were very specific in several details of the
production, and illustrated successes and failures of the director and
actors. I feel like I have a better idea of what the production was
like, even though I did not see it.

I think that someone could take note of how to write such a balanced
review and learn from it. It is with even more glee that I can say that
both reviewers come from the academic setting, not that of a
professional reviewer.

Brian Willis

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Date:           Tuesday, 25 Feb 2003 17:00:18 -0000
Subject: 14.0359 Re: Review of The Tempest at the Old Vic
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0359 Re: Review of The Tempest at the Old Vic

"The Caliban seemed neither one thing nor another; the blotched make-up
tried to suggest the scars of Prospero's punishment, but he seemed
merely resentful rather than enraged."

Is there evidence that Caliban has ever been physically punished by
Prospero? I always get the impression that he has only ever witnessed
such punishments - against Sycorax and Setebos - and that this acts as a
deterrent that holds him in awe. This would seem to agree with the
notion that Prospero exerts a sort of "spectacular" power, in which his
presence is disguised as absence in order to give in the illusion of
divinity...

martin

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