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I feel saturated today. Exhausted.

Here’s Mike and Ben Kingsley

21 comments on “Snooks

  1. acflory
    March 12, 2016

    Wow…that’s something a writer might do with prose. I’ve never seen it done ‘out loud’. Brilliant.

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  2. inspiredbythedivine1
    March 12, 2016

    “Playing Shakespeare” is one of my favorite “educational” shows on Shakespeare of all time. I’ve watched it every few years since it first aired in the early 80’s. Really great to see all those wonderful actors working on playing Shakespeare. Top notch stuff.

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  3. Charmaine Martin
    April 4, 2016

    What fun! I had the series in my Netflix queue – and I didn’t even know Mike was in it. So I bumped it to the top, and watched the first disc last night. I’ll have to buy it for use with my Shakespeare Club – a bunch of “bas bleu” ladies (and the occasional man) who get together to read Shakespeare for fun. (started in 1901 – my town was in the hinterlands – “culture” was what you made of it.) Since the advent of videotape, we’ve been letting the actors do all the hard work. And I don’t think we are really aware of how hard they DO work. (I’ll tell you of our encounter with Pericles, if you wish, but I don’t want to hijack your blog.)

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  4. Charmaine Martin
    April 4, 2016

    Our club studies two plays a year, meeting 5 times, once for each act – in the Fall and in the Spring. In the day, the “director” actually directed, and the “critic” corrected the ladies’ pronunciation. Now, both offices just lead the discussion and share a video (or bits of multiple videos.) In the 114 years of the Club, the one play that had NEVER been studied was Pericles of Tyre, probably because it was too bawdy for the prim founders. But in our liberated days, we took it on last spring. I was “critic” and had to fill in several times for the ailing director. (Great way to do it: lower expectations – I just swotted up on Google and popped in the disc.) As critic, I just gave a historical presentation on bawdy houses and venereal diseases, but as acting director, I had to address the actual play. I remember telling the ladies not to expect much, and called Pericles “a cardboard King.” But Mike found humanity in the part that I certainly missed on the page. And I could see why Harold Bloom felt this was the one play of the canon that he’d rather see than read. (“Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human.”) We had a lively discussion on how actors make flat character live, and all in all, very much enjoyed the play.

    Guilty confession time: it was while I was following links trying to find Mike’s other performances that I found your delightful blog. I hope you don’t kick me out as a cyber-stalker. I don’t regret it. I love your blog, and I also found clips of the RSC musical version of “A Comedy of Errors” – which I also love. (I hope it is available in Region I format when next I have to direct.)

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    • LOL! That’s the story of my life. People wanting Mike but then they get me 😀
      Mike’s old RSC performances are sold in their (online) shop, I think. Filmwise he doesn’t really like what he did except for On the Black Hill and How Green is my Valley (fabulous cast!)


      • Charmaine Martin
        April 5, 2016

        So, you’re a human shield, protecting Mike from aging Shakespeare fan-girls? Go, you!

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      • LOL. Not just of the Shakespeare variety. He’s got an extraordinary quiet-charisma. We rarely meet people where it doesn’t lead to being invited to something. Problem is he prefers being at home rather than going out. That leaves me negotiating social situations… 🙂


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