The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0746 Monday, 28 August 2006
From: Fran Helphinstine <
Date: Friday, 25 Aug 2006 13:45:20 -0400
Subject: 17.0736 Stratford Productions
Comment: Re: SHK 17.0736 Stratford Productions
I saw Coriolanus, Duchess of Malfi and Ghosts. I was very impressed
with the quality of the productions. In Malfi, the Dutch linen black
costume reproductions of styles from paintings from the era made a
breath taking spectacle. In keeping with that mode of design, even the
naked mad men with dusty makeup to resemble early sketches was not
offensive to me. To thematically tie the brother to the madmen, they
had him get out of a bathtub naked, which was the least camouflaged with
dusty make-up. I liked all the research into King James and his era
which seemed to enhance the production.
For Ghosts, I thought the hypocrisy was well explored. Although it was
the 8th production I had seen in four days, the production held my
attention every minute.
I was thrilled to get to see a production of Coriolanus. Sitting on the
front row, during the violent war scenes in the first act, I wondered if
I was sitting too close, but the seats served wonderfully for the later
scenes. I was pleased with how that Volumnia's role and the major
figures were interpreted.
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