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CyrusWeinstein
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From:New York, NY
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posted June 03, 2000 11:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for CyrusWeinstein   Click Here to Email CyrusWeinstein     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All right. I know I will dread putting this topic up on the board. I've crossed over into the theatre boards because I'm in New York - it's nearly 3:00 a.m. and I'm a bit lonely. So let's hear it, theatre morons, what do you think of Shakespeare? Give me some great performances. Great resettings. Great missteps. Come on. We must keep one of the areas free of Toe Jam and Belly Rings.

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lousydrunk
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posted June 05, 2000 12:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lousydrunk   Click Here to Email lousydrunk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll bite, Cyrus. Sure, Shakespeare (or should I say the Earl of Oxford) was one hell of a philosopher. Some of the greatest thoughts and philosophies of life were said by that man. This guy put on five hour shows and everything was so wonderfully developed... what do you cut from Shakespeare? Sure, you CAN cut - but it's not like you'd be cutting CRAP. You cut stuff that's not gold, you cut the silver. How many playwrites can you say that about?

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TomStoppard
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posted June 05, 2000 12:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomStoppard   Click Here to Email TomStoppard     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can think of only one other.

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ambiguous
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posted June 07, 2000 08:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ambiguous   Click Here to Email ambiguous     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't want to interrupt the Hamlet thread with a post - but Malvolio, are you eventually just going to type in the entire play?

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Malvolio
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posted June 07, 2000 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Malvolio   Click Here to Email Malvolio     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, that's basically the idea. I figure these boards need a little substance. Only a little bit at a time.

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spamboy
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posted June 09, 2000 02:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spamboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm sure whoever represents the estate of Shakespeare would be very interested to hear that!

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BigTobaccoLawyer
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From:Raleigh, NC
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posted June 09, 2000 09:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BigTobaccoLawyer   Click Here to Email BigTobaccoLawyer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't mean to butt in and I have my hands full on another forum, but all of Shakespeare's works are public domain - so I think reprinting them on a message board is legal. Not that I want to defend anything that is affiliated with the Manka brothers.

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neil_latham
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From:Manchester, UK
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posted June 09, 2000 05:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for neil_latham   Click Here to Email neil_latham     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, unfortunately, any hack television or film producer can do whatever they want to Shakespeare's works.

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Filmore
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From:San Francisco
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posted June 12, 2000 12:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Filmore   Click Here to Email Filmore     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's a shame, really. So many actors and film directors want to do Shakespeare for noble reasons (at least some do - most just want to try and get awards) - but they're just not getting it right. I think Branagh's Henry V and Hamlet versions were terrific and even Much Ado About Nothing was passable and professional - but Love's Labours Lost just looks atrocious. It's tempting always, but performers should be ready before taking the plunge.

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TypewriterMonkey
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posted June 15, 2000 12:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TypewriterMonkey   Click Here to Email TypewriterMonkey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I say keep doing Shakespeare. Even bad Shakespeare at least has the words. Hollywood hasn't gotten a Shakespeare film right ever. Name me one masterpiece Shakespeare film from HOLLYWOOD. I thought Brannagh's Henry V was absolute perfection. Not a false note. The scene when John Falstaff dies and they're all sitting on the steps - you won't find a better moment on film than Judi Dench's talking about Falstaff's death!

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dogme95
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From:Copenhagen, Denmark
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posted June 15, 2000 10:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogme95   Click Here to Email dogme95     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't like conventional film. I don't even like film. I only like digital tape - and digital tape that is never exposed to the sun at that - but I must say - I agree, that moment in Henry V is fantastic.

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AstorP
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From:Los Angeles, CA
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posted June 25, 2000 02:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstorP   Click Here to Email AstorP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What happened to Love's Labours Lost? I opened in LA a couple weeks ago and now it's gone? Was it that bad? Anybody see it?

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AuthorAuthor
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posted July 15, 2000 10:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AuthorAuthor   Click Here to Email AuthorAuthor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, that one came and went. I have a problem with young or untrained actors doing Shakespeare. A lot of these performers couldn't even handle Neil Simon and yet they want to play Hamlet or Romeo. This is tough stuff folks, don't piss on the words.

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opus_125
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From:Portland, Oregon
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posted July 15, 2000 11:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for opus_125   Click Here to Email opus_125     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello, Shakespeare lovers. I'm basically a guy from the Shostakovich board over in music. I discovered a quote by Shostakovich that I thought you mind interesting.

"Shakespeare's tragedies are filled with music. It was Shakespeare that said that the man who doesn't like music ins't trustworthy. Such a man is capable of a base act or murder. Apparently Shakespeare himself loved music. I'm always taken with one scene in King Lear in which the sick Lear awakens to music."

Wise words from a great composure. Come visit us over in the Music section. My goal is to make Dmitri Shostakovich as much of a household name as Beethoven or Mozart.

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MichaelMon
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posted July 21, 2000 05:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MichaelMon   Click Here to Email MichaelMon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would say a man who doesn't like MUSICALS isn't trustworthy either.

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