Author name: Sarah Woolfe


Despite Excellence of Acting Ensemble Hamlet Fails at Seattle Shakes

The extraordinary collaboration of Miles Davis and John Coltrane yielded treasures of 20th century jazz. Their mastery left us tapestries of music storytelling, requiring close, imaginative listening. The works of Wm. Shakespeare, not quite four centuries prior, also need this kind of thoughtful listening. The structure of the language, seemingly odd and impenetrable at first, needs patience, and for the listener to “lean in” to the worlds the words evoke. The Great Works of Miles/’Trane and the Works of Shakespeare–in the mouths of strong players–will reward the audience who is willing to be an active listener.

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