Tag Archives: Hamlet

My new column at Liberties magazine: First up: acting and film criticism and how the twain meet

I have some exciting (to me) news. I’ll be writing a regular column for Liberties – the website for the quarterly magazine – host to a daunting lineup of writers! I launched my column with a piece about being a … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Wystan Hugh Auden: “The enlightenment driven away / The habit-forming pain”

W.H. Auden was born on this day in York, England, 1907. I first encountered Auden in my “Humanities” class, senior year in high school. I got a lot out of that class, and I remember we analyzed Auden’s famous most-anthologized … Continue reading

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Today in history, February 21, 1907

W.H. Auden was born in York, England. Two pieces of advice for writers from Mr. Auden: To keep his errors down to a minimum, the internal Censor to whom a poet submits his work in progress should be a Censorate. … Continue reading

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The rehearsal for “Jack Crew’s Hamlet” at the New Burbage Theatre Festival

Season 1 of Slings and Arrows (which we discussed, beautifully, here.) Yes, an obsessive post. Fun for me. Hopefully fun for all of you diehard fans of the show out there. What is so gorgeous to me about this TV … Continue reading

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“Hamlet is a tragedy where there is a part left open”

Excerpt from W.H. Auden’s lecture on Hamlet, February 12, 1947, at the New School for Social Research in NYC: If a work is quite perfect, it arouses less controversy and there is less to say about it. Curiously, everyone tries … Continue reading

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Acting Notebook

A transcription of the notes I kept during one of my semesters in grad school. There were multi-pronged projects going on – and I kept myself organized by labeling them in the notebook. I had the dreaded “PD Unit”, which … Continue reading

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Images of Ophelia

Here is a scene from the great Canadian television series Slings and Arrows. The company of actors is rehearsing Hamlet, and it is not going well. The actress playing Ophelia, Claire, is terrible and nobody knows what to do about … Continue reading

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The Books: “The Story Of My Life” (Ellen Terry)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir The Story of My Life, by Ellen Terry This is one of my favorite books in my entire collection, just in terms of it as an object. Second only to the first-edition Ulysses that my … Continue reading

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The Books: “Ulysses” – the Scylla and Charybdis episode (James Joyce)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction: Ulysses (The Gabler Edition)– by James Joyce. 1. (TELEMACHIA) Episode 1: The Telemachus Episode Episode 2: The Nestor Episode Episode 3: The Proteus episode 2. (THE ODYSSEY) Episode 4: The Calypso Episode Episode 5: The … Continue reading

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For Hecuba!

In this soliloquy, Hamlet ponders the meaning of acting, the mystery of belief – that an actor has to so completely believe the imaginary circumstances, that real tears will fall, etc. I know this soliloquy by heart. Most actors do. … Continue reading

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