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Re: Arkangel Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0562  Friday, 21 March 2003

From:           Claude Caspar <
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Date:           Thursday, 20 Mar 2003 10:31:28 -0500
Subject: 14.0553 Re: Arkangel Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0553 Re: Arkangel Shakespeare

>I have a sense that many of the performers come from the
>RSC companies of the past ten years, with stars (Alan Howard, Bob Peck,
>Eileen Atkins, Brian Cox, Simon Russell Beale) in most of the leads.  A
>number of these actors seem to be uncomfortable with the audio medium.

Two points, in passing, though I reluctantly concur with your broad
strokes: the overacting is to compensate for the solely audible nature
of the performance, and hence as necessary as often irritating- and the
one advantage to that limitation is that actors who would never be cast
due to their "looks" may very well have great voices.  Let's face it, on
a desert isle or a long car journey to a Shakespeare Festival, they are
serviceable.

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