Shakespeare versus Harlem Duet
and his wife of nine years, to marry Mona, seems to set a seal on Othellos assimilation into the hierarchy of the white world. The intensity of her performance grabs you and never lets go, whether Billie is in the depths of depression, the dustbowl phenomenon obsessively concocting a magic potion to poison Othellos handkerchief, lucidly arguing with him about racial politics or raging out of control. . Walter Borden gives a solid performance as Canada, Billies reformed alcoholic, whose symbolic name and concern for Billie suggest she has an escape route that she willfully does not take. . The play is told from the point of view of Billie, the discarded first wife, a role in which Perri Gaffney gave a strong performance. All three in the present feel Billies reaction is too extreme, just as in Shakespeares play we feel Othellos reaction is too extreme. . Historical firsts alone should draw our attention but it is the powerful performances of the two principals that make the experience gripping despite what one must admit is rather heavy-handed direction from the author.
Shakespeare and the Tragedy: Hamlet and Othello
William Shakespeare - biographical sketch
Harlem, as a significant and symbolic location, is portrayed historically, politically and musically through the recurrence of African-American jazz music cues and audio recordings throughout the piece, including pieces from: The play also engages in the recent concern for the construction of a Canadian-ness, embodied. "Practical Magic: Empathy and Alienation inHarlem Duet". Afterwards, he brushes her off and lies to Mona in front of her. "The Chalmers awards for creativity and excellence in theatre". We are not in the world of the military but in the vicious world of academia where Othello has just won tenure over a white candidate Chris Iago. . More confusing is whether the later scenes are meant to be realistic or hallucinatory. Note: This review is a Stage Door exclusive. Billie is experimenting with chemical tonics and warns Amah that they are deadly if ingested. The point of the three time periods and their reflection on issues in Shakespeares play is to underscore the tensions within any minority and the majority that surrounds them. . "This weekend in.O." Toronto Star.
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