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Playing Iago
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0181  Saturday, 25 April 2009

From:       Jack Heller <
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Date:       Friday, 24 Apr 2009 09:51:29 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:    Iago

Colleagues:

This may be an odd question, but based upon your experiences, what makes 
for an unsuccessful performance of Iago? I have seen a number 
productions of OTHELLO, some of them not very good, but rarely have I 
thought that the production failed because of the performance of Iago. 
Is a part that can succeed just by mere competence? Does it take genuine 
inability to flop in the role? Or are there ways of playing Iago so 
ill-conceived (based on observation or experience) that no actor could 
make it work?

Jack Heller

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