The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0351 Friday, 24 August 2012
Date: August 22, 2012 5:09:08 PM EDT
Subject: Re: Aesthetic and Anesthetic
David Richman writes: “Perennial problem: How do you shock the audience into experiencing anew a play the audience knows well? We all cudgel our brains on that hard stone.”
I’ve always felt that good actors with tight direction took care of business as long as the play has merit. Why should you need to shock anyone?
(I remember from decades ago Tony Randall describing (I think on the Jack Paar show), how he had flown to London for the express purpose of watching Gielgud as Lear, and how he had wept through the entire last scene. And so had everybody else, apparently. But it probably didn’t surprise anybody.)