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Re: Gertrude
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2173  Thursday, 31 October 2002

From:           John Ramsay <
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Date:           Wednesday, 30 Oct 2002 12:09:54 -0500
Subject: 13.2165 Re: Gertrude
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2165 Re: 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's
>just sort of odd. Like William Burroughs.  I guess the French went
>through it with Grand Guignol. And they got over it. That's hopeful.
>
>John Zuill

Is this stage offering an adaptation of John Updike's novel 'Claudius
and Gertrude'?  Seems very similar.

BTW the same Updike wrote in his much earlier novel 'Couples' that
'death is like getting screwed by God'. Which is one way of getting over
sex -:)

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