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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 Beauties of Shakspeare Regularly Selected from Each Play. With a General ... - Page 217
by William Shakespeare, William Dodd - 1827 - 345 pages
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Teaching A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth, Volume 1

Peggy O'Brien - Drama - 2006 - 294 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...to laugh too, though in the meantime some necessary question of the play be then to be considered. That's villainous and shows a most pitiful ambition...
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The Method Manual

Ed Kovens - Drama - 2006 - 187 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...laugh too; though in the meantime, some necessary question of the play then be considered: that's villainous, and shows a most pitiful ambition in the...
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The Cambridge Introduction to Early English Theatre

Janette Dillon - Drama - 2006 - 39 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...quantity of barren spectators to laugh too, though in the mean time some necessary question of the play be then to be consider'd. That's villainous, and shows...
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'Hamlet' Without Hamlet

Margreta de Grazia - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 16 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...to laugh too, though in the meantime some necessary question of the play be then to be considered. (38-43). But, of course, this is precisely what clowns...
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A Leap from the Method: An Organic Approach to Acting

Allan Rich - Performing Arts - 2007 - 166 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

100 pages
...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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Laughing and Weeping in Early Modern Theatres

Matthew Steggle - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 182 pages
...repeated a few years later in the dialogue of Hamlet, when Hamlet warns: "Let not your clowns speak more than is set down for them; for there be of them...on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too . ..". Hamlet goes on to complain about other devices used by clowns, notably "blabbering lips", and...
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The Funniest One in the Room: The Lives and Legends of Del Close

Kim "Howard" Johnson - Biography & Autobiography - 2008 - 433 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...laugh too; though, in the meantime, some necessary question of the play be then to be considered; that's villainous, and shows a most pitiful ambition...
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