Friday, January 25, 2013

Review: Shakespeare Uncovered

Illuminating Shakespeare Uncovered Is Like One Fun Hour in School
New York Times

Shakespeare Uncovered (PBS - Friday, 9pm) - Each installment of this six-part series has a different guide, and the group — Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson and David Tennant — includes both young guns and old masters. They bring varying styles to the tutorial task.

Mr. Hawke is first, with Macbeth, going for a tone of reverence mixed with a seeker’s curiosity. It may be hard to believe that he doesn’t know what the word “murther” means in the text — at one point he asks the veteran actor Richard Easton to explain it for him — but his awe at being allowed to read from a First Folio at the Morgan Library & Museum seems genuine.

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