The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0746  Monday, 28 August 2006

From: 		Fran Helphinstine <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
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.

Fran Helphinstine

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