dumb show

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a performance using gestures and body movements without words

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Claudius does not respond to the dumb show, for whatever reason, but his reaction to The Murder of Gonzago is understandable if we recall, as Francis Fergusson has pointed out, that Hamlet identifies Lucianus not as brother but as nephew to the king.
action through time and across space, and glosses the dumb shows that
Hamlet stages a dumb show that reveals his uncle's secret.
What haunts Traherne, Kuchar argues, is fear of the future as an on-going dumb show in which human actions are not "emenations of gratitude but are materializations of something radically inhuman [i.
his own life broadcast on television), he does a fascinated dumb show in front of the monitor-as-mirror in a parody of the notorious "narcissism" of early video.
Acquisto's opening picture of the unplayed harmonium in the meeting-room of Rene Ghil's circle captures their musically outcast state through its paradoxically eloquent dumb show.
It is a comedy which packs a fair share of angst after an amusing start with a dumb show in which the friends adopt parallel crouches to view
Unfortunately, R&G are dragged unwillingly into the action where Stoppard questions the nature of death as Hamlet's father is poisoned in the famous dumb show sequence.
Ultimately it is like watching Hamlet without the prince--the players have their entrances and exits but we do not gain understanding or insight because we are watching what amounts to a dumb show.
One one level, it is a dumb show with a dumb concept - an alien from the planet Ork sent to Earth to observe humans.
The focus of chapter 3, on Hamlet, is The Murder of Gonzago, an incomplete and thus problematized imitation of the dumb show introducing it, which is itself an imitation of an old play in the actors' repertory as well as of recent events at Elsinore.
A particularly compelling example comes from a dumb show in John Ford's The Broken Heart, in which, as Engel argues, Calantha "marries" "Ithocles in death--and, at the same time, Ithocles as King Death, emblematically rendered with his costume of sovereignty" (81).
Hamlet's first interruption thus comes early, following the unwelcome dumb show that precedes the spoken play.
She knows how to make a dumb show seem dead important.
ITV has scoured the country looking for the best celebrity doubles and lined them up in this incredibly dumb show.