Friday, June 11, 2010

BitchBuzz: Women Beware Women

My latest column for BitchBuzz is another theatre review:

"Men buy their slaves, but women buy their masters." – Isabella

Shakespeare gets all the love when it comes to Elizabethan theatre, but that's because people tend to forget that the stage was the television of its time, cheap and plentiful, aiming only to get bums on benches and crowds in the yard. They were up against bear baiting and the groundlings cried for more jokes and more violence. One of the crowd pleasers getting revived of late is Thomas Middleton.

Women Beware Women is a great example of Middleton's work. Like last years' The Revenger's Tragedy, the National Theatre gives Middleton an enthusiastic outing that makes the most of his brutal phantasmagoria. Marianne Elliott directs the production with a kind of gleeful decadence (why is it that there are more women directors at the NT than on the whole of Broadway?).

Loosely based on some of the Medici family goings-on, the plot is a bit complicated: trying to summarize it to a friend, I quickly saw his eyes glaze over...

As always, read the rest at BBHQ. I ought to have an additional piece up very soon as I attended another launch for BB yesterday with celebrities both planned and unexpected. All to be revealed soon, but now I need some more tea.

6 comments:

Todd Mason said...

And how is the tea the beverage, as opposed to the meal, over there?

Between the World Cup and the BP but for some reason not Halliburton hassle, any anti-Yank yanking moping about?

I suspect your blog is read, just I'm the one willing to be most voluble...particularly given the relative paucity of traffic on my own (but I'm a grumpy cuss).

K. A. Laity said...

The tea is fabulous, of course, and now I have some really lovely teas thanks to the Fox tea party. I did see the march tonight which was disappointing to just about everyone. But the weather's been gorgeous; had a barbecue with Brad and Liz and Sophie tonight.

K. A. Laity said...

Typo: M-a-t-c-h

Todd Mason said...

GRRR...my long reply was just eaten by Verizon. GRRR.

Todd Mason said...

As I was oh so wittily noting, will Rupert Murdoch stop nowhere in his grasping quest for world domninance...though of course over there it would be Sky Tea rather than Fox Tea, or internationally it would be News Tea, containing at least as much timely fact as most of his "news" outlets...Alice booed the NEW YORK POST headline: "1-1: US WINS"...

K. A. Laity said...

HA HA HA -- I guess it was you who told me about the Murdoch headline. I am happy to say that there is no connection between Fox's Biscuits and the Murdoch empire.