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Acting Shakespeare is Outrageous! by Herb Parker

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Act FourDIVERS SCHEDULES

A Few Items Picked Up Watching Actors Do Shakespeare

 

 

 

 

O, sir, I will not be so hard-hearted; I will give out divers schedules of my beauty: it shall be inventoried, and every particle and utensil labelled to my will: as, item, two lips, indifferent red; item, two grey eyes, with lids to them; item, one neck, one chin, and so forth. Were you sent hither to praise me?

(Olivia in Twelfth Night)

In all the years that I have been an actor I have had the good fortune to act in many of Shakespeare's plays. Even better, I have been able to watch other actors perform him and hear fine directors and teachers explain him. I have included a few of the items here, observations which have come to me from watching as well ...

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