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"Emma Rice's last season in charge of the Globe opens with loud defiance."  If she can't have it, she'll trash it.

Remember that appalling Midsummer Night's Dream?  Her Romeo and Juliet outdoes it in vulgarity.

"I see no reason why Shakespeare’s words should be screeched."

This production "roars and giggles and stamps its feet. ... The ball scene is engulfed in a chorus of YMCA; Romeo turns into the Columbine killer."

Nine



Date: 2017-07-11 12:29 am (UTC)
movingfinger: (Default)
From: [personal profile] movingfinger
Hard pass

Date: 2017-07-11 12:30 am (UTC)
sovay: (Morell: quizzical)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Remember that appalling Midsummer Night's Dream? Her Romeo and Juliet outdoes it in vulgarity.

Well, at least it doesn't star Nazis.

[edit] I like Edward Hogg! He was a perfect John Segundus in the BBC's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015) even when the script in the seventh episode let him down. What a waste of good-looking Día de los Muertos makeup.

Also, neither the Village People nor the Columbine shootings are exactly contemporary references these days.
Edited (read the reviews) Date: 2017-07-11 12:41 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-07-11 12:56 am (UTC)
sovay: (Morell: quizzical)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Quick, Henry, the brain bleach!

I appreciate that article including the farkakte garbage fire macro, because otherwise I would have been honor-bound to include it as a follow-up link.

And yes, the creaking we-are-edginess only makes it worse.

Like, I think I may have accidentally seen an edgier production when I was in high school. By a high school.

Date: 2017-07-12 12:10 am (UTC)
lauradi7dw: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lauradi7dw
Yeah, but LHS. Where one year they produced "Nine," inappropriate for any audience. Where "Oklahoma" was name-checked as not edgy enough. I didn't mind Elisabeth Halliday being Citizen Chauvelin (ne?) when they did the "Scarlet Pimpernel," I'm just saying that some high schools try to out-edge others.

Date: 2017-07-11 03:43 am (UTC)
movingfinger: (Default)
From: [personal profile] movingfinger
Rice is 50, but apparently has not been paying attention to contemporary events since a Columbine reference was topical.

These Globe productions do come across as dated, which is odd because her work with Kneehigh Theater was truly interesting.

Date: 2017-07-11 05:05 am (UTC)
sovay: (I Claudius)
From: [personal profile] sovay
She's said she doesn't get him.

Doesn't get or doesn't like?

Date: 2017-07-11 05:46 am (UTC)
sovay: (Haruspex: Autumn War)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Who needs a smaller Shakespeare?

Pocket editions are cute. But you're supposed to get the life-size thing at the Globe.

Date: 2017-07-11 06:11 am (UTC)
sovay: (Morell: quizzical)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Utterly cute.

Aw!

Date: 2017-07-11 03:31 am (UTC)
weirdquark: Seishirou from Tokyo Babylon with text "Fear me, Love Me, Do as I Say" (Fear me)
From: [personal profile] weirdquark
From the reviews I gathered that the artistic director is into doing a lot of things that could have been interesting if they were used for a purpose other than pissing off purists but mostly they were not successful.

A was in London last month and got to see it - she said the artistic director did many things that could have been powerful, but there were so many overlapping things, and they moved through them so quickly that she was unable to parse what was going on despite knowing the play quite well.

Date: 2017-07-11 05:26 am (UTC)
movingfinger: (Default)
From: [personal profile] movingfinger
Yes, I thought of Darren Nichols too!

Our local theater company did Merry Wives of Windsor and I was surprised at how well they carried it off. It is not the most engaging of plays (for me), but the byplay of Mistress Page and Mistress Ford made them lifelong besties and everyone in town knows it; the text can make them harridan schemers, but they played more like old friends from school onward, relishing an opportunity to revive their partnership in crime pranks. As ever, Falstaff was the weakest link, as though grafted into a play about small-town England and jealousy.

Ann Page was played by an actual sixteen-year-old girl and her physical rightness for the role made the marriage scheming of her parents, downplayed by the director, more obviously wrong than it would have been with an older actress.
Edited Date: 2017-07-11 05:27 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-07-11 05:45 am (UTC)
sovay: (Haruspex: Autumn War)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Yes, I thought of Darren Nichols too!

Same. I think it's unavoidable, but also legit.

Ann Page was played by an actual sixteen-year-old girl and her physical rightness for the role made the marriage scheming of her parents, downplayed by the director, more obviously wrong than it would have been with an older actress.

Some of the best Shakespeare I have ever seen was done by teenagers. I have seen Francis Flute's Thisbe played by a boy whose voice was breaking. You can do this with a ninth-grader. When he said rebelliously, "I have a beard coming," and polished his chin on Peter Quince's fingertips to prove it, you could tell from the director's long-suffering tolerance that it was fingers-crossed peach fuzz at best and he'd heard this line before, probably the last time he handed out parts. The actor screwed his voice up into a pipistrelle falsetto for the scene where Flute runs all his lines at once, with inopportune cracks everywhere; for the mechanicals' play itself, their one bit of real theatrical magic was his ability to pass for a girl in an unflattering blonde wig, or at least close enough androgyny for Elizabethan work. Of course, it wasn't like he could, any more than the rest of the mechanicals, actually act . . .
Edited Date: 2017-07-11 05:45 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-07-11 05:30 am (UTC)
sovay: (Viktor & Mordecai)
From: [personal profile] sovay
And then there's this.

If he gets kissed by Marlowe, I cannot entirely disapprove.

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