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" And let those that play your clowns speak no more than is set down for them; for there be of them that will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too; though, in the mean time, some necessary question of the play be then... "
The Dramatic Works of William Shakspeare - Page 284
by William Shakespeare, William Harness - 1830
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Music in Shakespearean Tragedy

Frederick William Sternfeld - 2005 - 334 pages
...were superseded and Shakespeare could confidently voice his attitude through Hamlet (111.11.42-50) : And let those that play your clowns speak no more...quantity of barren spectators to laugh too, though in the meantime some necessary question of the play be then to be considered. That's villainous, and shows...
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German Shakespeare Studies at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century

Christa Jansohn - 2006 - 318 pages
...laughter-raising improvisations, which disrupt the tragic context, should be abandoned altogether: "O, reform it altogether. And let those that play...necessary question of the play be then to be considered" (3.2.38-43). This may, as has been frequently remarked, cast some light on Shakespeare's own theatrical...
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The Cambridge Introduction to Early English Theatre

Janette Dillon - 2006 - 296 pages
...of Hamlet's well-known invective against clowns who threaten to overwhelm the plays they perform in. And let those that play your clowns speak no more...some necessary question of the play be then to be consider'd. That's villainous, and shows a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it. William...
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The Method Manual

Ed Kovens - 2006 - 188 pages
...scene worked like a charm, and I learned a valuable lesson: Don't try to be funny, PLAY THE SCENE. ...and let those that play your clowns speak no more...quantity of barren spectators to laugh too; though in the meantime, some necessary question of the play then be considered: that's villainous, and shows a most...
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Teaching A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth

Peggy O'Brien, Jeanne Addison Roberts, Michael Tolaydo - 2006 - 288 pages
...clown among the players who come to Elsinore is typical of many an anticlown playwright's position: And let those that play your clowns speak no more...quantity of barren spectators to laugh too, though in the meantime some necessary question of the play be then to be considered. That's villainous and shows...
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'Hamlet' Without Hamlet

Margreta de Grazia - 2007 - 267 pages
...play, by both his interpolated jokes and the laughter they trigger, his own as well as the audience's: And let those that play your Clowns speak no more...quantity of barren spectators to laugh too, though in the meantime some necessary question of the play be then to be considered. (38-43). But, of course, this...
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A Leap from the Method: An Organic Approach to Acting

Allan Rich - 2007 - 151 pages
...humanity so abominably. FIRST PLAYER: I hope we have reformed that indifferently with us, sir. HAMLET: O, reform it altogether. And let those that play your...set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh to, though in the mean time some necessary question of the play be then to be considered: that's villanous,...
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16th and 17th Century English Writers

...asked to leave due to his chronic improvising, and that Shakespeare made reference to this in Hamlet. And let those that play your clowns speak no more...on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too (3.2.40-5) Once Kempe left the troupe Shakespeare's comic characters changed dramatically, indicating...
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The Funniest One in the Room: The Lives and Legends of Del Close

Kim Howard Johnson - 2008 - 416 pages
...you're doing a disservice to the work, because it's not the best you can do." In Shakespeare's words: Let those that play your clowns speak no more than...of barren spectators to laugh too; though, in the meantime, some necessary question of the play be then to be considered; that's villainous, and shows...
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