The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1438 Friday, 11 July 2003
Date: Thursday, 10 Jul 2003 12:06:57 -0700
Today's NY Times features Ben Brantley's unusual review of an unusual
project. No, "project" sounds too prosaic, too engineered, for Deborah
Warner's "The Angel Project" but if that's what she herself calls it,
who am I to protest? Especially when I recall how insightfully she uses
angels at the end of her Richard II.
It's a walking tour of NYC featuring various installations of found
art. You're supposed to pay your $90, for which you receive a guidebook
with many passages quoted from Paradise Lost, Rilke, the Bible, and go
alone and silent on this journey of discovery. The idea seems to be to
discover art and poetry in everyday objects, and angels where you are
In lesser hands--both of the reviewed and the reviewer--it could
degenerate to a silly tour de force, but says Brantley:
. . . there is definitely a case to be made for "The Angel Project,"
which runs for the length of the festival (through July 27), as theater,
and not only because it reinforces the Shakespearean saw that all the
world's a stage. As you follow the treasure-map-like route fashioned by
Ms. Warner, you start to assume the astonished theatergoer's gaze of
someone visiting New York for the first time, when the city looks like a
startling and impossibly exotic circus.
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