The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0470 Wednesday, 11 March 2003
Date: Tuesday, 11 Mar 2003 23:54:07 -0500
Subject: LA Times Review of M for M
March 12, 2003
A measured 'Measure'
A Noise Within opens its spring season with a near-Brechtian version of
Shakespeare's 'problem play.'
By David C. Nichols, Special to The Times
Few plays in William Shakespeare's canon carry the ambiguities of
"Measure for Measure," now opening A Noise Within's spring repertory
season in Glendale. Although the Folio listings identify this 1623 study
of political and sexual hypocrisy as a comedy, tragedy lurks behind
It takes place in Vienna, where Duke Vincentio (Joel Swetow) initiates
the narrative by handing over governing duties to deputy Angelo (Michael
Sean McGuinness). The duke continues to observe his civic reformation
experiment in friar's guise.
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