Thursday, June 28, 2007

William Hutt, R. I. P.

The first news I saw on the LCD screens in the baggage retrieval area at Toronto Airport yesterday were reports of the death of William Hutt, described as one of Canada's primary "Shakespearean" actors.
I managed to live many years in Canada without ever seeing him in a Shakespeare play. But I did see him in a Soulpepper production of "Waiting for Godot", which he and Jordan Pettle gave the humour and crazy joy that is in Beckett, distinguishing that production from all the other, far more tedious, ones I had ever seen.
For this alone, William Hutt deserves great thanks. It is sad to think there are no further plays he can salvage for me.


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