King Lear - NtSimon Russel Beale/Sam Mendes
Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:16 PM
And I'm not sure you can say for sure there are no laughs in Timon. Did you ask Will last time you saw him? My feeling is that you are thinking more of the old style of acting - this is called a tragedy so don't laugh - rather than the more contemporary view which is more ironic and cynical. Take Iago for example, no laughs? What did you think of SRB's go at that part?
Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:29 PM
Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:49 PM
In the text. SRB got a laugh when he denounced his wife during the trial scene which is plainly not the author's or director's or actor's intention. But I put it down to a failing of the audience rather than him, like those junior school parties who break out in helpless giggles whenever anyone kisses on stage.
On actors "liking to be liked" even in unsympathetic roles, better actors than SRB have been concerned with this issue and have tried to elimiate it from their performances, John Gielgud notably. Others have tried and failed - there is an interesting story about Jack Lemmon filming Glengarry Glen Ross for example.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 01:59 PM
Of course you may not agree with my point but I can't make it any more plain and if you understand Epicoene's last post above then you will have understood my point also.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 02:05 PM
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Posted 04 December 2012 - 03:25 PM
"there is an interesting story about Jack Lemmon filming Glengarry Glen Ross for example. "
Oh, let's hear it please. I'm hoping to see Al Pacino's take on that role soon.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 04:48 PM
Interesting observation on Mark Rylance at the Globe - I think the same factors worked to advantage in Jerusalem. It's just occurred to me that the problem of being a "musical" actor ("a naturally sympathetic actor with a comic inflection in his voice" - exactly) in classic plays is that the arcane text spoken plays a relatively small part in how most of the audience comprehends the play. I speak very much from personal experience here! So actors in classic plays have more scope for leading an audience or for misleading them.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 05:01 PM
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