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Re: “Quick Bright Things: Shakespeare's "Dream" Is Lush But Loud in Germantown

One can even look at Franco Zeffirelli's unarguably near-flawless cinematic adaptation of Romeo and Juliet and a more recent take, though comparatively less perfect (in the eye of this beholder) adaptation by Baz Luhrmann. Though diametrically opposed in their styles, both Zeffirelli's and Luhrmann's choices worked well, and for completely different reasons.

The choices made by the director of this production seemed imposed. They did not serve the text...But perhaps did serve what seemed to be a pseudo- intellectual ego. The music was certainly beautiful, as were the sets. The acting was also good; Nonetheless the production could have been more dreamlike if it were not weighted down by superfluous...stuff. As you say in your review, there is no cohesion.

OK, I get it "dreams"...why not choose Salvador Dali...It really does not matter who or what the influences are. In this case though, they were force fed. "The play...The play is the thing!" or at lease it should have been.

Posted by EmmyP on 10/28/2009 at 5:11 AM


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