The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0106  Thursday, 18 January 2001

From:           Cary M. Mazer <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 16 Jan 2001 11:49:09 -0500
Subject: 12.0093 Webster's White Devil Review
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0093 Webster's White Devil Review

Richard Burt writes:

>This is a positive review (the second) of The White Devil now playing at

and then quotes it, including this paragraph:

>What the show doesn't have is an ounce of psychological credibility. And
>unless you can identify Webster's unscrupulous, ambitious ghouls as real
>people, with plenty of latter-day counterparts, their gleeful bashing
>and dispatching of one another starts to seem like a very long episode
>of "The Itchy and Scratchy Show," the ultimate in mayhem cartoons,
>watched by children on "The Simpsons."

That's positive?  The Times critic, Ben Brantley, got it just right, I
think (I was at that same performance incidentally), only he was, in my
opinion, much too generous.  The acting was appallingly shallow, the
verse bellowed without variety or psychological impulse, and the
production, while beautiful and clear, aimed at style over any real


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