The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1232  Thursday, 21 July 2005

From:           Kristen McDermott <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 20 Jul 2005 10:18:22 -0400
Subject: 16.1224 Globe Production of WT
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.1224 Globe Production of WT

I saw the Globe WT, too, a few nights after it opened. The regular
Florizel was ill, so the part was covered -- book in hand, but very ably
-- by a young actor who normally played multiple roles (He received a
huge ovation at the end of the play, and deserved it for sheer guts).
That, and the heavy rains that ended just before the beginning of the
performance, may have accounted for the pacing and mood problems I saw
in the production. I agree that their Leontes was too dour to catch the
audience's emotions. I also agree that Paulina was the bright spot. I
liked the Autolycus too -- his delivery was low-key, but intelligent and
sardonic. However, I have to say that any Winter's Tale in which the
statue scene evokes laughter, even in the Globe, is unsuccessful. I also
thought their solution to the "bear problem" -- a hairy paw reaching out
of the trap and then, too quickly, the discovery space -- was
disappointing, and received deserved hoots from the groundlings.

Kris McDermott
Central Michigan University

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