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18 November 2013 @ 08:49 am
"I left no ring with her. What means this lady?"  
Not helping with my "singsonging Samuel Barnett's name" problem: Sam doing Viola's soliloquy from Twelfth Night:

http://www.nytimes.com/video/theater/100000002549898/in-performance-samuel-barnett.html
 
 
 
Emily-- Toppington von Monocle: something more lingering [history boys]sadcypress on November 18th, 2013 02:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love him so much. SO MUCH. It kind of broke my heart that you disliked Mark's Olivia, but I can respect that... just so long as you loved Sam Barnett the right amount. :D Did you get to see Richard III as well?
tempestsarekind: posner and scrippstempestsarekind on November 18th, 2013 03:42 pm (UTC)
Neither rhyme nor reason can express how much I loved Sam. :) He was delightful as Viola, and steely and wonderful as Queen Elizabeth (we saw both plays, at 2 PM and 8 PM).

I thought Mark Rylance's Richard III was interesting and weird (and I loved his Richard II, way back when), so I was sad not to like his Olivia! Maybe it would have been different on a different night...
Emily-- Toppington von Monocle: bitch [shakespeare]sadcypress on November 18th, 2013 04:34 pm (UTC)
My friends and i are still not recovered from what we have termed DAT EXIT for Sam's Elizabeth. The shifting power dynamics in that scene are INCENDIARY.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on November 18th, 2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
Yes! Richard turns into a petulant child in front of Elizabeth's implacable, furious-yet-restrained logic. And that kiss was so violent and angry!
Emily-- Toppington von Monocle: hot elizabethan boykissing [shakespeare]sadcypress on November 18th, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
That's the reason I left the Globe last summer and described it as Sam and Mark going head to head and Sam WINNING. Just thrilling- she's lost and she's won, all at the same time.
tempestsarekind: globetempestsarekind on November 19th, 2013 01:36 pm (UTC)
Sam and Mark going head to head and Sam WINNING

I was so ridiculously proud of him - especially remembering that the Globe season was his first time doing Shakespeare! My goodness.

And Elizabeth is in such a desperate spot there, which Sam conveyed so well: she knows what happens to people who get into Richard's way, but she still defies him - and then has to seem to acquiesce in order to buy time to forge the alliance with Richmond...