The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0066 Monday, 29 January 2007
Date: Friday, 26 Jan 2007 12:43:50 -0500
Subject: 18.0058 Wordless Macbeth
Comment: Re: SHK 18.0058 Wordless Macbeth
>If not, isn't it likely that "wordless" productions-however
>wonderful they may or may not be as theatrical
>experiences-aren't really wordless at all? That is, Shakespeare's
>"words" are so well known that we can leave them unspoken
A few years ago I attended a performance at the Brooklyn Academy of
Music given by a mime who had received rave reviews for his
"interpretation" of Hamlet. The performance consisted of a series of
vignettes in which the brilliant actor gesticulated wildly and contorted
his face into inhuman shapes said to represent scenes from "Hamlet."
The only words I could think of were "leave your damnable faces and
begin!" And, of course, Hamlet's advice to the actors.
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