Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pink Tights & Plenty of Props

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Comedians and clowns have been parodying Shakespeare for centuries now, and “reduced Shakespeare” companies have become somewhat of a comedy franchise since the 80s.  Here’s a nice physical Rowan Atkinson piece, a fake lecture on Shakespearean acting from 1991. Despite the title, his tights are not pink and there aren't all that many props — but a great title nonetheless. Atkinson is best known for his Mr. Bean character, but his range is much broader.  The following piece, which co-stars Angus Deayton, is just one example.

So the moral is:  don’t fall on your knees.

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