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Plays and Such with Jorj Savage

October 29, 2010

Editor’s Note:  MacBeth in 3 hours.  “Dear Carl – Roi Martin and I saw it this evening.” 

Greenstage is doing MacBeth at their space at Fifth and Lenore and tonight, (Thursday 10/28/10), I got in although 40 people were turned away.  It’s a fun MacBeth.  The witches are blonde in gold dresses.  There’s a barbershbop quartette with Mok Moser singing bass.  Ryan Spickford plays MacBeth with great althleticism.  A cast of 17, some playing multiple roles is full of promising actors.  It’s done fast paced and rips along skimming the surface of the story.

Erin Day appears at McDuff in a silly Amelia Erhart pilot’s outfit.  You see her a few times and then in the second act suddenly she is there, she is McDuff, told that his wife has been killed and his children.  You see her eyes.  Are you sure she asks.  Yes and the dog.  She stares into space.  She is a man who has lost his family. I was moved to tears.  And then she kisses her sword and you know MacBeth doesn’t have a chance.

A few scenes later she is much abusing him.  Kicking him saying that’s for my wife, that’s for my children.  She kicks him ten feet.  For my dog.  She cuts off his head and holds it high and the audience cheers.  And it becomes a play about McDuff not MacBeth.  You see what real theater is, what Shakespeare can be when played by a real actor. “Tis enough.  Twil serve.”

– Jorj

Photo by Carl Nelson

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Plays and Such with Jorj Savage

August 12, 2010

Jorj Takes a Close Look At This Latest Shakespeare Offering

“Troilus and Cressida,” a Shakespeare play about events Homer wrote of, is playing one more weekend at the Odd Duck Studio. It’s pay what you will all nights.  The Shakespeare language played as written by a youthful athletic cast and the many fights are well stage.  The Greeks wear camoflage army fatigues and the Trojans are mid-Eastern, wearing clothes that look like they were bought at Folklife.  The Trojan woman cover their heads.

It begins with 60’s folksongs played by a man with guitar ending with Donovan’s classic “The Universal Soldier”.  Beyond the constumes and pre-show songs the war issue is left to the play to portray.  With 16 in the cast and many famous warriors  including  Hector (Parker Mathews) and Ajax (Julia Welch). Adrian Moynihan makes a tall compelling Troilus and Anna Richardson is a lusty Cressida.  When she’s forced to leave Trolius after great sex, for reasons I didn’t understand, she ends up being kissed my about six Greek soldiers in symbolic violation scene.  She betrays Troilus and by the end is off stage and we watch Hector being slain.  It’s a total of three hours with one intermission but  worth seeing for the integrity of the production which lets the story unfold with not a “message” but numerous messages which stories are capable of revealing.  At one point somone says “Wisdom is no member of the war.”  There’s a character named Pander which must be where the word pander comes from.  And the colorful Shakespeare tough talk: “I’d rather be a tick in a flea’s ear…”  The director was Rachael Wolfe of One Shot Productions and should be thanked for allowing us hear every darling word and finding ways to help the actors bring the speeches to life.” 

                                                                                     –   Jorj Seattle 8/5/10

Photo by Carl Nelson


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