The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0353 Monday, 9 February 2004
Date: Friday, 06 Feb 2004 19:27:39 -0700
Subject: Guthrie Theater's OTHELLO on Tour
This morning I took my high school students to see the Guthrie's touring
production of OTHELLO, and I highly recommend it! It was a beautiful
production, quite successfully set in the Victorian era. It ran over
three hours; I don't think they cut a single word.
The relationship between Iago and Emilia was especially well defined,
and Iago's rapport with the audience was delightful! He had just the
right mix of evil and bawdy to really capture the middle school/high
school crowd. The entire audience (about 600 ranging from age 8-18) was
Othello was quite believable in his transformation from besotted to
jealous, and Desdemona was stunning. I have never seen a production
where Othello played out the epileptic fit quite so convincingly
(III-iv); the effects of the illness were carried through into several
other emotional scenes so as to make this fit more realistic. And the
choking/smothering moment was quite gut-wrenching.
Sorry I did not bring my program home to give any actor names, but I
believe the director was Joe Dowling. The production is touring the US
for another 3 months or so.
My students loved it!
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