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Re: Gertrude
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2165  Wednesday, 30 October 2002

From:           John Zuill <
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Date:           Tuesday, 29 Oct 2002 15:20:39 -0300
Subject: 13.2151 Gertrude
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2151 Gertrude

>[From the Guardian (Friday 25 October 2002)]
>Gertrude: The Cry (Riverside Studios, London)
>Lyn Gardner
>"Fuck me," cries Gertrude, offering up a knickerless crotch as Claudius
>pours poison into her sleeping husband's ear. No playwright knows better
>than Howard Barker of the intimate relationship of sex and death, sin
>and ecstasy.

Or perhaps no one is more "attuned" to the present frustration and rage
the English seem to have at present about contradictions between
morality and sex. In movies, books and plays these themes are presented
to us for a morbid perusal that dilates into an orgy of the other big
theme, death. It is all meant to be wit. Sometimes it is. Mostly it


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