Troilus and Cressida: Shakespeare's Rarely Performed Drama
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The last date listed for Troilus and Cressida was Sunday November 17, 2013 / 8:00pm.
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Shakespeare wrote many of the greatest works in theater. He wrote several less perfect works and some problem plays.And then there is Troilus. I never had seen this one live, just a BBC video and thought it unpleasant. It is worse...it is a truly execrable work. It is nasty, it is unconvincing, it uses old Iliad figures as props for a amoral real politic story of seduction, manipulation and abuse. There is much truly convoluted language that says things opaquely just for the sake of complexity. There is something very tawdry and ignoble about the whole in a way we do not think of SS. And, the humor is mean, vulgar, and falls flat much of the time.
Can SS write a stinker, a play that never should be performed? Is that possible? That is kind of the reason I went to this Subterranean performance. These were not the best actors. There was no scenery. The enhancements often given to liven up lesser SS were missing...no music, gags, improv etc. So what you get is the play by the book presented decently. Should this play not be done? My verdict is in the stars.
Directed by Melissa Hillman
Fight Direction by Dave Maier
Featuring: Jonathon Brooks, Andrew Chung, Miyaka Cochrane, Sarah Coykendall, Carl Holvick-Thomas, Michael Uy Kelly, Eric Kerr, Julie Kuwabara, Roy Landaverde, Jonah McClellan, Sean Mirkovich, Jon Nagel, Akemi Okamura, Lauren Spencer, Nick Trengove and ShawnJ West.
This play is suitable for mature teens and older.
Food and drink are available in the pizza restaurant above the theater, and food is allowed in the theater. Please arrive early if you wish to order food.
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