In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends.This is salve to anyone who has ever felt the brunt of the critics’ scorn (and felt the nagging fear they may be onto something). But for me, an equally magical moment occurs some minutes before this scene, when he is served the titular dish. One mouthful and his mind shoots back to his childhood and memories of his mother cooking him dinner in a beautiful bucolic and fleeting scene. We discover Ego’s drive – he wants food that feeds his soul. He is bitter because he finds it so rarely. I think all the great critics – of food, of theatre, of art, of literature, hell, even sport – are trying to find their equivalent of that mouthful of food that goes straight to their soul. And I believe audience members too want that, though perhaps they are not so mindful. But when they receive it, they know. I believe that because that is my experience when I go to the theatre, a film, pick up a book, or watch TV. Yes, much of that may be purely entertainment, fluff or time-filler, and excellent as examples of such. But I also need those shots to my soul. They may be irregular, but they must keep coming. Continue reading Soul food: a fourth letter from a voluntary exile
Check Company websites for show times and further detailsContinuing: Stockholm: STC for La Boite Theatre at the Roundhouse The Timely Death of Victor Blott Dead Puppet Society at !Metro Arts King Lear: Bell Shakespeare for Queensland Theatre Company at Playhouse, QPAC Dante’s Inferno: Zen Zen Zo at the Old Museum Building Songs for a New World: Harvest Rain Theatre Company at JWCoCA Greenroom Reviews: Stockholm (Kate Foy) The Timely Death of Victor Blott (Kate Foy) Other: Resetting the Agenda: professional development workshop for artists presented by BCC at !Metro Arts. (Tuesday - Wednesday)
Check Company websites for show times and further detailsOpening: The Timely Death of Victor Blott at !Metro Arts King Lear: Bell Shakespeare for Queensland Theatre Company at Playhouse, QPAC Dante's Inferno: Zen Zen Zo at the Old Museum Building Continuing: Let the Sunshine: Queensland Theatre Company at Cremorne, QPAC Waiting for Godot: Queensland Theatre Company at Bille Brown Studio Stockholm: STC for La Boite Theatre at the Roundhouse Greenroom Reviews: Waiting for Godot (Dave Burton) Stockholm (Kate Foy)
There's a screen shot (below) of the scene breakdown of Double Falsehood which was published almost immediately it became available on the very useful iPhone app called Shakespeare Pro ($US2.99) This is a great app with so many different features. The one I like is the random quote; shake the iPhone when you're in the app and you get ... a random Shakespeare quote!
But back to Double Falsehood/Cardenio - already the plot sounds awfully familiar - couple of sparring brothers (one good, one creepy - but who turns out well in the end), cross-dressing, and a double love plot. I guess what worked the first, second, and all the other times was worth a re-work! Shakespeare, like most good playwrights still, knew what his audience liked.
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