Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Top 15 - Measure for Measure (Bard on the Beach 1999)

There is something very creepy about Measure for Measure (it’s a story about the misuse of power, morals, and the nature of sacrifice) and this play was willing to embrace that, rather then pretend that it’s a more traditional comedy.  It was the first year for the Studio Stage at Bard, and like many of the best Studio Stage productions they were willing to take risks. It was a simple stripped down production, done in mostly modern dress, and it works for this play. It also starred David Marr and Dean Paul Gibson.  David Marr played an Angelo that was both slimy and sympathetic, and I can still remember his delivery of the line “ever till now when men were fond, I smiled and wondered how”.

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