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grishaxxx

Aboot halfway thru this post I started thinking about those NYC prices and decided to check out Stratford - extraneous! Beat me to it, as usual (and such lovely theater company you have there, LM!).
Anyway, eat it all up - Tempest, Orpheus Descending, Edward II, As You Like It...arghhh!
I read about (but never got close to) the Maggie Smith "Way of the World" - geez, Congreve, oy! I saw her in Chicago in "Private Lives" amd there are line-readings that still stick.

grishaxxx

O yeah - Liev Schreiber doesn't surprise - I thought his Laertes was wonderful in the "Hamlet" that Almereyda did - hope you'seen it.

Mo Xmas

I don't know if we saw the same run of RICHARD III that you did, but seeing Feore stalk around the stage with the small hump and the large mace was one of the most amazing performances I've ever seen.

It would have been great on its own, but what shocked the whole family was that, just the year before, we had seen Feore make his big coming out at Stratford as one of the Young Actors -- playing Romeo. As Romeo, Feore couldn't have looked more miscast. Even then, he basically had the same middle aged hairline. I don't know how old he really was, but he looked 45 even then. And he still was completely amazing as Romeo; set a standard, controlled the stage, and made the rest of the cast disappear.

Then to see him the next year as Rick 3, well, for the very first time I understood what truly great acting was.

OTOH, the other guy who stood out at the same time was Geraint Wyn Davies, and he went on to be best known as a Cop Vampire. Thank god Feore's career worked out better.

Trish Wilson

I first saw Colm Fiore in that terrible Stephen King miniseries "Storm of the Century". I couldn't take my eyes off of him. He was very impressive.

I saw a stage version of Amadeus years ago in which Ian McKellan played Salieri. He stole the show from Tim Curry, who played Mozart. The real clue for me was when McKellan was eating in shadow while Curry and Jane Seymour (as Constanza) were in full light doing their scene. Even in the dark, I couldn't keep my eyes off of McKellan. I've seen him since in many movies, and he always steals the show.

Lance

Mo, It would be cool if we both saw the same production of Richard III. Small world, and all that. But I don't think we did. We saw Colm do it in 1988 and he played Romeo in 84. I know that for a fact because I have a souvenir book of Romeo and Juliet that I bought at the Festival bookstore on our first visit. Lots of pictures of a baby faced but balding Colm.

First thing we saw him in was Coriolanus in 86.

We saw Geraint Wyn Davies in a couple of plays, most notably Henry V. He was great. I think he's in the cast of a new comedy on Canadian TV that's set at a barely fictionalized version of the Stratford Festival.

Trish, so who's better in your view? Peter Cushing or Sir Ian?

Grish, that's my favorite movie version of Hamlet, believe it or not.

Alice

I'm so glad I found this post - I am hoping to get to Stratford this summer(2006)to see Colm Feore. I actually did see his Cassius on Broadway last spring and was very impressed. I loved your description of Brian Bedford dropjawed at his performance in Stratford. It was the same in New York; you couldn't take your eyes off him. Poor Denzel Washington never had a chance.

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