The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0311 Tuesday, 15 February 2000.
Date: Monday, 14 Feb 2000 12:31:55 -0500
Subject: 11.0305 NY JOHN
Comment: Re: SHK 11.0305 NY JOHN
I thought the TFNA KING JOHN to be excellent and engrossing, beautifully
staged and acted (the use of rose petals for blood and the blowing of
banners and the harsh silvery metallic lighting and the small Mafia boss
king were great) but on the whole it was strangely unmoving and
emotionally uninvolving. I had never seen a professional production of
this play before and maybe I knew it too well from reading it, but
Constance's grief didn't make me cry and I was unmoved by Arthur's big
scene. It seems to me that Shakespeare doesn't get close to John as a
person so we don't, unlike most of his other monarchs, so maybe it's
play, not production. What do people think?