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" And let those, that play your clowns, speak no more than is set down for them : for there be of them, that will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too ; though, in the mean time, some necessary question of the play... "
The Monthly Magazine - Page 27
1812
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Teaching A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth

Peggy O'Brien, Jeanne Addison Roberts, Michael Tolaydo - Drama - 2006 - 288 pages
...let those that play your clowns speak no more than is set down for them, for there be of them that will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too, though in the meantime some necessary question of the play be then to be considered. That's villainous and shows...
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The Method Manual

Ed Kovens - Drama - 2006 - 188 pages
...let those that play your clowns speak no more than is set down for them: for there be of them that will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too; though in the meantime, some necessary question of the play then be considered: that's villainous, and shows a most...
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Interpreting Chekhov

Geoffrey Borny - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 309 pages
...the risk of achieving the same results as the Shakespearean clowns who, as Hamlet says, are willing to 'set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too; though, in the mean time, some necessary question of the play be then to be considered'.104 The struggle between spirit and matter...
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'Hamlet' Without Hamlet

Margreta de Grazia - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 267 pages
...let those that play your Clowns speak no more than is set down for them — for there be of them that will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too, though in the meantime some necessary question of the play be then to be considered. (38-43). But, of course, this...
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Laughing and Weeping in Early Modern Theatres

Matthew Steggle - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 158 pages
...Hamlet warns: "Let not your clowns speak more than is set down for them; for there be of them that will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too . ..". Hamlet goes on to complain about other devices used by clowns, notably "blabbering lips", and...
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16th and 17th Century English Writers

...let those that play your clowns speak no more than is set down for them; for there be of them that will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too (3.2.40-5) Once Kempe left the troupe Shakespeare's comic characters changed dramatically, indicating...
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A Leap from the Method: An Organic Approach to Acting

Allan Rich - Biography & Autobiography - 2007 - 151 pages
...let those that play your clowns speak no more than is set down for them: for there be of them that will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh to, though in the mean time some necessary question of the play be then to be considered: that's villanous,...
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The Funniest One in the Room: The Lives and Legends of Del Close

Kim Howard Johnson - Biography & Autobiography - 2008 - 416 pages
...Let those that play your clowns speak no more than is set down for them: for there be of them that will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too; though, in the meantime, some necessary question of the play be then to be considered; that's villainous, and shows...
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