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Re: "The Shakespeare Session" on PBS
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0378  Wednesday, 26 February 2003

[1]     From:   Peter D. Holland <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 25 Feb 2003 12:00:37 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0367 Re: "The Shakespeare Session" on PBS

[2]     From:   Jan Pick <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 25 Feb 2003 18:23:15 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0367 Re: "The Shakespeare Session" on PBS

[3]     From:   Janet Costa <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 25 Feb 2003 14:42:31 -0800 (PST)
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From:           Peter D. Holland <
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Date:           Tuesday, 25 Feb 2003 12:00:37 -0500
Subject: 14.0367 Re: "The Shakespeare Session" on PBS
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0367 Re: "The Shakespeare Session" on PBS

Charles Weinstein quotes Shaw:

"[T]he true critic...is the man who becomes your personal enemy on the
sole provocation of a bad performance, and will only be appeased by good
performances." --George Bernard Shaw

But who is the 'your' in Shaw's sentence? Presumably the performer.
Critics and performers are often enemies but why should we trust Shaw or
Charles Weinstein that that is a good thing? There are many actors whose
bad performances annoy me (as they do Charles Weinstein) but I really do
not understand why I should break my friendship with them or they with
me as a result. By talking to his/her friends, a good critic might be
able to help an actor understand what was bad about a performance, just
as an actor might be able to help a critic, even one as good as Shaw,
understand why a review was mistaken, for even Shaw, one of the greatest
of all theatre reviewers, may not always have been right. As Churchill
said, jaw-jaw is better than war-war.

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From:           Jan Pick <
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Date:           Tuesday, 25 Feb 2003 18:23:15 -0000
Subject: 14.0367 Re: "The Shakespeare Session" on PBS
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0367 Re: "The Shakespeare Session" on PBS

The American company that put on Cymbeline at The Other Place - sadly
the last commercial production in that theatre - were excellent.  It was
a great experience and a sharp answer to those who carp!  None of the
actors were celebrity film stars, though.

Jan Pick

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From:           Janet Costa <
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Date:           Tuesday, 25 Feb 2003 14:42:31 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 14.0367 Re: "The Shakespeare Session" on PBS
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0367 Re: "The Shakespeare Session" on PBS

Re: Matthew Henerson: "But table any knee-jerk Anglophilia with regards
American classical acting until you've seen the pros."

Matthew, bravo! Thank you sooooooooooo much for providing the excellent
list! My only hope is that someday there will be a cure for RP myopia.

Janet

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