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Nothing Boaring
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1439  Friday, 11 July 2003

From:           Graham Hall <
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Date:           Thursday, 10 Jul 2003 21:38:22 +0000
Subject:        Nothing Boaring

The girls play with Dick at the Globe and do it excellently. Kathryn
Hunter scuttles over the stage in a series of contorted freeze-frames
and angular dislocations reminiscent of Steamboat Willie sketches before
smooth out.  She delivers her lines with a sardonic overtone and timbre
that bores through the Wooden O and rejuvenates the grain. Her facial
expressions launch a thousand unspoken quips. Dialogue and plot are
essentially untouched and staging/setting has the good solid feel of
conventional expectation. Richmond, tall, blond, wholesome and good
looking, is a cross between Dan Dare and Biggles - which is a phenomenal
achievement for a lady and perfect for the character. This production is
a seriously entertaining couple of hours with a large number of laughs
(Richard bashing one of the precocious princes got a well-deserved
cheer, for example) and unexpected spot-on business that supplements and
compliments the text. There's a need to give this Women's Company - all
of whom gave sterling turns - equal runs with the all-male gang. And
just for balance how about The Shrew with Rylance and Hunter?  That
could fizz along. The Globe just got a little better thanks to the
Richards.

Best,
Graham Hall

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