Wednesday, September 20, 2006


In our first rehearsal of Romeo and Juliet, the question arose as to what Shakespeare used parantheses for. Do they indicate intention without voice? Or an aside? Or what?

Honestly, I would just say the line until it felt right, but Kathleen has asked, so I told her I'd check with the Shakespearean scholars that I know.

Thanks! -Em

P.S. Shakespearean scholars? That's you guys.


At 5:22 PM, Blogger Holbrook said...

Make sure you're using the Folio, which uses parentheses a lot more often than modern editions usually print.

I've often read that parentheses indicate that the phrase is delivered to the audience. I tend to agree, since I think you have nothing to lose by connecting with the audience more.


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