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Speed Performance
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1675  Tuesday, 26 August 2003

[1]     From:   Jack Heller <
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        Date:   Monday, 25 Aug 2003 10:23:32 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1666 Speed Performance

[2]     From:   Arthur Lindley <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 26 Aug 2003 13:57:51 +0800 (SGT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1666 Speed Performance


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From:           Jack Heller <
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Date:           Monday, 25 Aug 2003 10:23:32 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 14.1666 Speed Performance
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1666 Speed Performance

>How fast were they going, Jack?!  I played Coriolanus three years ago,
>and we cut a third of the text just to get it down to 2 hours 15. I
>can't imagine what must have gone to get it down to 75 minutes - I found
>the text to be denser and more linked than any of the rest of the canon
>except Hamlet.
>
>James Doyle

Coriolanus is one of my personal favorites, and a play I hope eventually
to publish an essay about. Among other things, the beast fable and
Coriolanus's "Why have you given hydra here . . ." speech were cut.
Indeed, I sensed that plot rather than poetry governed the staging
entirely. I don't think any characters said anything that would have
lasted more than five lines of Shakespeare's text. I think some of the
citizen scenes were cut entirely. There was no intermission, of course.

I've seen worse performances, but none quite so disappointing.

Jack Heller
Huntington College

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From:           Arthur Lindley <
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Date:           Tuesday, 26 Aug 2003 13:57:51 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: 14.1666 Speed Performance
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1666 Speed Performance

That wouldn't have been the Dogg's Troup, by any chance, fresh from
their 15-minute _Hamlet_?

Arthur Lindley

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