My old friend Stephen Marche, the renowned Shakespearean, is at it again, this time with an impassioned piece preaching the massively controversial credo that “Literature is not Data.” It’s an attack on authors and academics. Or on digital humanists. Or on algorithms (which are, saith Marche, fascist). Or something. [...]
A four hour drive through Ontario nothingness, almost $200 for tickets alone, barely suppressed rage at inane audience comments (it boggles the mind how much damage Harold Bloom has done to Shakespeare): totally worth it for Elektra. For Cymbeline, not so much.
Before I respond to Jacob Zimmer’s thoughtful and generous comments on my “5 Points of Contention,” I first have to give him, or rather his company, Small Wooden Shoe, massive kudos for staging a reading of, would you believe it, Kleist’s Prince of Homburg on Monday — by sheer coincidence, one [...]
I’ll have more to say on this later on, but here, for your consideration, two lengthy-ish quotations from not altogether recent works about what’s wrong with some approaches to staging the classics — approaches that remain, sadly, utterly dominant in Canada.
In chronological order, first, here’s Bertolt Brecht, from “Intimidation through Classicism” (1954), a short [...]
- Berlin, Day 17: Coriolanus (Shakespeare / Sanchez), Deutsches Theater Kammerspiele
- Berlin, Day 16: Hedda Gabler (Ibsen / Pucher), Deutsches Theater
- Brecht, Baumgarten, Blackface
- Berlin, Day 14: Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare / Eidinger), Schaubuehne
- Berlin, Days 10 to 12: Too much to say, too little time…
- Berlin, Day 17: Coriolanus (Shakespeare / Sanchez), Deutsches Theater Kammerspiele -- my last review of this trip! dispositio.net/archives/1595 1 day ago
- Landed! This is the longest I've been without theatre (27 hours) in 18 days. 1 day ago
- TXL - FRA - YYZ! 1 day ago
- Those hipsters in their big woolly hats -- how don't they fry their brains in the summer? 1 day ago
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