Words, words, words…

Finally, in the OSF production’s captivating use of sign language—for me it put the icing on the cake, as it were—there were several very nice bits of stage business when we see, in a couple of key scenes, Gertrude and even Claudius breaking briefly into sign language when speaking of the late King Hamlet. These fleeting moments from the ancien regime seemed to signal, as it were, breakings-in of conscience and former ties of familial love into the toxic little Gertrude/Claudius bubble—that “rotten” thing poisoning Denmark.

Alas, I can’t show a vidclip from the OSF production, but here’s one of the Ghost scene from Kozintsev’s Hamlet:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86SlZDfHBwk

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