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Re: WT - Act V scene 2
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0498  Friday, 14 March 2003

[1]     From:   Annalisa Castaldo <
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        Date:   Thursday, 13 Mar 2003 16:26:06 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0483 Re: WT - Act V scene 2

[2]     From:   Edward Pixley <
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        Date:   Thursday, 13 Mar 2003 16:54:42 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0466 Re: WT - Act V scene 2


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From:           Annalisa Castaldo <
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Date:           Thursday, 13 Mar 2003 16:26:06 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 14.0483 Re: WT - Act V scene 2
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0483 Re: WT - Act V scene 2

"Cymbeline's enormously long recognition scene - though it works much
better in the theatre than one might anticipate from reading"

I was actually shocked, when I first saw Cymbeline staged, at how funny
the recognition scene was. As character after character stepped forward
with a "but wait, there's more" attitude, the audience's laughter grew
louder. The laughter seemed absolutely necessary, however, to make the
all too quick pardons of Posthumus and Iachimo acceptable.

Annalisa Castaldo

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From:           Edward Pixley <
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Date:           Thursday, 13 Mar 2003 16:54:42 -0500
Subject: 14.0466 Re: WT - Act V scene 2
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0466 Re: WT - Act V scene 2

Larry Weiss <
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>I wonder what it must have been like to be in the opening day audience
>and not know that Hermione's statue would come to life.

I will never forget seeing a matinee performance of WT at BAM back in
the '80s. The theatre was filled with school audiences from the New York
area, most appearing to be Junior High School age.  Throughout the
production there was a dull hum of students chattering or whispering
among themselves -- until the unveiling of the statue.  For that event,
one could hear a pin drop in the audience.  As soon as it was over, the
dull hum resumed -- until Leontes approached the statue to take its
hand.  Once more, the theatre was absolutely silent. The students seemed
to be holding their breath, awaiting the magic moment.

Through most of the production, I was regretting having attended a
schools performance. But the impact of the play's climax on that group
of students will remain one of the highlights of my theatre experience.
It almost made me aware that, even though teenagers are expending their
surplus energy in ways that seem inappropriate to me, that does not mean
they are not paying attention.

Ed Pixley

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