The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0620  Wednesday, 29 March 2000.

From:           Belinda Johnston <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 29 Mar 2000 14:40:26 +1000
Subject: 11.0603 Measure for Measure in Melbourne
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0603 Measure for Measure in Melbourne

Have to say I agree with Scott and Douglas. Aside from the visually
stunning set, I was disappointed too. Many of the performances I found
either too hysterical or too flat, and some of the staging was just
downright mawkish especially the little
nuclear-family-brandishing-plastic-baby vignette at the end. And while,
unlike Gabriel Egan, I don't mind mixing sex and Shakespeare, I'm glad
to see I'm not alone in feeling a little tired of the idea of
'confronting' audiences with 'dramatic' simulated sex scenes. There must
be more interesting and thoughtful ways of making Shakespeare sexy than
that tiresome dramatically soundtracked bedtrick scene complete with a
gutter running what appeared to be watermelon flavoured wine cooler but
was, I imagine, supposed to be blood. Cheers, Belinda.

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