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Written by Cheryl
(6/4/2003 4:24 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Acting as a tool, penned by Laraine
I've always felt that one of the reasons Hamlet dwelt so much on professional acting was because Shakespeare did. Doesn't some of his instructions to the Players seem like a critique on the theatre of his time?
Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to
Can't you see him saying that last one to Burbridge? ;-)
The play is a great device for the story he wants to tell, but Shakespeare was foremost a man of the theatre, and I think he couldn't resist putting these bits of critical commentary on what he is seeing in theatres all around him.
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