Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Jude Law's Hamlet

I was lucky enough to see this performance on Broadway two weekends ago. The New York Times review captures..
"Mr. Law conveys these traits with a grandstanding bravado and annotative clarity that is often pitched full throttle into the audience. The much-quoted instructions that Hamlet delivers to a troupe of visiting players apparently do not apply to princes in mourning. This one mouths his words like a town crier and saws the air with his hands.

He does follow his own advice in suiting “the action to the word, the word to the action.” If Hamlet talks about his mind, you can bet that Mr. Law will point to his forehead; when he mentions the heavens, his arm shoots straight up; and when the guy says his gorge rises, rest assured that he clutches at his stomach. If every actor were like Mr. Law, signed performances for the hard of hearing would be unnecessary."
Ready, Set, Emote: A Race to His Doom.

The second parragraph I have quoted reminded me of another great acting performance. Look for the, "action to the word, the word to the action."

"Aggressive expansion"

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