The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2383 Friday, 29 December 2000
Date: Wednesday, 27 Dec 2000 09:44:29 -0800
Subject: 11.2363 The Revenger's Tragedy
Comment: Re: SHK 11.2363 The Revenger's Tragedy
>I'm currently writing a paper on carnival elements in The Revenger's
>Tragedy (as part of a larger study of its genre). Like most people who
>work on this play, I've had relatively few chances to see it in
>production. The last was the Oxford Theatre Co.'s modern dress version
>about 8 years ago. I would be interested in hearing about other
>productions, in particular the staging of the double masque in Act V.
I just saw a student production of Revenger's at Stanford University.
Dreadful in virtually every way. The double masque was a confused
staging nightmare. The actors came out in their masquing costumes,
danced and moved around. The space was the courtyard of the old student
union building, so the playing area was perhaps 70 feet across, and they
scattered around it. I missed the deadly action by looking around
trying to catch everything. I didn't. The masque continued its
distracting movement when I finally realized the action had passed and
tried to pick up on its aftermath. It was not a satisfying solution.
All the best,