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By Michael Goldman

This intensely own publication develops a brand new method of the learn of motion in drama. Michael Goldman eloquently applies a mode in keeping with an important truth: our adventure of a play within the theater is nearly completely our event of acting.

Originally released in 1985.

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Compelled to keep moving through this theatrical labyrinth, we re-explore both our childhood fears of being folded up so tightly we can "To Be or Not To Be" never get out and our more adult despair that life will leave us like a peeled onion, all exfoliation and no center. If, in performance, Hamlet communicates an impression of hero­ ism, perhaps it is the heroism required to stand at the center and unfold oneself, knowing not only that the center cannot hold but that it may not exist. III. Othello's Cause ι IN Othello, the course of the action seems all too plain.

If action is as self-dissolving as Hamlet feels it to be—as he "To Be or Not To Be" has acted it for us in his soliloquy—why are we so eagerly following the action of this play? I think this is not fanciful, for it is exactly here, in the third act, that the questions of action raised by the play are most turned back on its audience. And I would like to conclude this essay by placing the soliloquy back into its dramatic con­ text. In the third act of Hamlet, we feel we are being led up to the heart of the play's mystery, yet somehow we miss it.

By "To be or not to be," the reason has changed: it is now fear of the unknown, the fear of something after death. " Coil can mean noise and turmoil and also something that coils around one, perhaps like a skin, a meaning which shuffled reinforces. Shuffled is another of those evasive, sideward-moving action words with which the soliloquy abounds. The action suggested "To Be or Not To Be" now seems both muffled and snakelike. With proper concen­ tration on Hamlet's past, the actor can give it both the asperity of his distaste for life at Elsinore and his wonder at the per­ spectives the Ghost has opened for him (which perhaps prompts an irony at his own ignorance).

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