The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0338 Monday, 21 February 2005
Date: Friday, 18 Feb 2005 18:12:09 -0500
February 18, 2005
THEATER REVIEW | 'CORIOLANUS'
A Warrior Whose People Think His Behavior Is Heinous
By CHARLES ISHERWOOD
It's not just the costumes that come in shades of gray in Karin
Coonrod's new production of "Coriolanus" for Theater for a New Audience.
The performances do, too.
Ms. Coonrod, who has previously directed "King John" and "Julius Caesar"
for the company, favors a stripped-down, industrial-chic approach to
Shakespeare. "Coriolanus," which opened last night at the John Jay
College Theater, unfolds on a nearly bare stage. The set designer, John
Conklin, surrounds the playing space with three looming walls of plywood
washed in gray paint. The lighting by Scott Zielinski is steady and
stark. Anita Yavich's costumes, mostly tailored, gray work wear, suggest
a mid-1970's attempt to spice up Soviet factory life with a few
surprisingly placed zippers.
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