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Sunday, 6 July 2008

Shrew's blocked blocking

The one quibble I have with the production of Shrew is that some of the blocking (where an actor stands/sits during a scene) actually blocks the audience's view of what's happening centre stage. It wouldn't normally be a problem, but Mr. Hinton's production has a raised platform downstage, on which actors periodically stand, backs to the audience, while something else is going on centre or upstage. It was very aggravating, both times I watched it, from different areas of the theatre. Why the actors weren't instructed to sit, crouch, slouch, kneel, or lie down at these times is a mystery known only to them and the director. If anyone knows, please enlighten me. I haven't seen it yet from the balcony loevel, perhaps from up there it does not make a difference. From the orchestra level, it certainly does. ~RG

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