Since the production of her first solo play, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), she has become widely known and revered in the theatrical and literary. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by Ann-Marie MacDonald. Ann- Marie MacDonald. Photo by David Hawe. Used with permission from Random. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) [Ann-Marie MacDonald] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In this exuberant comedy and.

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As she tentatively touches her head “as if to confirm her reality” she removes the feathered pen behind her ear and discovers that is has turned to solid gold. Some critics are more ambivalent about the success of Goodnight Desdemona as a work of feminism. This detective work on the part of the audience is perhaps MacDonald’s ultimate point.

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

The twin storms and tragedies are nicely matched, and the Shakespeare original is enhanced rather than diminished by the contact. I was not paid to write a review nor was I required to do so.

These critics disagree about the nature of the play’s feminist argument and many aspects of how it is implemented. For example, MacDonald uses blank verse, the theatrical writing style made famous by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Constance recognizes that women have been lied about and oppressed, and she gains confidence because these women are actually admirable and inspiring figures.

In scene 3, Constance pounces on a servant because she believes that he is the Wise Fool, but she finds instead that he is giving out invitations to a masked ball thrown by Juliet’s father.

It has subsequently been produced over forty times in Canada and abroad. Juliet is strong and active about realizing what she wants, however. Director Carly Chamberlain uses a scene desxemona a dezdemona duel to effectively showcase Constance’s transformation from overly deferential doormat into someone surprised by her sudden capacity for bravery. The nurse tells her that she should cheer up, because she will enjoy the marriage festivities that night, and Juliet resolves to find another lover.

This, she reasons, would explain why both Romeo and Othello seem to be “the unwitting victims of a disastrous practical joke rather than the heroic instruments of an inexorable Fate. This participation is a “power” indeed, because it invites contemporary readers to reinvent history outside the accepted patriarchal discourse. She remains somewhat clumsy and awkward, but this is part of her identity as the Wise Fool who is able to write and peacefully jyliet comedic plays that Shakespeare turned into tragedies.


However, in the process, Constance derails the original plots: The stereotypical macho images presented here are reinforced by the lewd jokes and puns that the three men exchange as goodmoring anticipate visiting the baths, full of references to the pox desdemonq maidenheads and wenches, while Constance, watching, bites her thumb-nail. Constance does not undergo a simple process of digging through a literary Sargasso Sea in order to find lost women’s literature, however.

Mark Fortier, for example, comments on MacDonald’s method of presenting a feminist message in his essay for Canadian Theatre Review:. Like Desdemona and Juliet, she has an impulse toward self-destruction and tragedy.

This fact is emphasized desdemoma both Juliet and Romeo fall in love with the “Greekling.

The current CanStage production is the first major production of the play in Toronto in over ten years. I assume that the sets, painted to look as if build from scrap metal, are supposed to remind us that Constance has entered her wonderland via a wastebasket. MacDonald’s writing career began with projects that included a libretto to the contemporary opera Nigredo Hotel produced inbut her first solo venture was Goodnight Desdemona Good Morning Juliet Matters are also not helped by designer Dean Hills who, while providing a pleasingly workable set, burdens the actors with voluminous faux Elizabethan breeches and other costume follies that persistently work against the more thoughtful purposes of the play.

The julieg that she is a woman is crucial to this lack of confidence; Constance tells Desdemona that she is not “some kind of feminist.

Romeo confuses Tybalt for Desdemona, however, and Tybalt carries Romeo away, thinking that he is a maiden. A large part of the delight of reading or viewing this play comes from a dawning awareness of the many different strategies Macdonald employs in bending Shakespeare’s plots, characters, and language to her own purposes.

She is a brilliant comedian. Scenes where she tries to seduce Constance as they dance choreography by Jessica Hickman begin in demure fashion but slowly unravel in a hilarious remix of moves. These critics are inclined not to emphasize that the comic convention is important to the play’s feminist subtext chiefly because it is the opposite of tragedy—in other words, because it requires a happy ending.

Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet at Belfry Theatre – a review

Toronto was the center of the English-speaking theater scene in s Canada, a scene that had flourished since the s. After first resisting Juliet’s amorous advances, Constance finally kisses her with deep feeling.


Furthermore, it is goodmornkng from the surrounding context that he wishes to control and confine Constance’s sexuality to a tragic and hopeless longing for him. Ramona haughtily asks Constance to tell “Claude” i. Constance should know that the accomplishment of Shakespeare’s plays is to dramatise complexities, not reduce them to the wisdom of a Christmas cracker. The most important stylistic aspect of Goodnight Desdemona is its attention to the customs and goodnnight of Elizabethan drama and culture.

Her dsdemona experiences seem to be centered around either her fantasies about Claude Night or a long-distant past. Desdemona and Constance are immediately simpatico. Long and Sara J. This point is rendered doubly ironic by the fact that MacDonald uses the quintessential young lovers of Western literature to make this point, borrowing some of Shakespeare’s most romantic lines to portray the double pursuit of Constance…. A reaction between common elements produces goodmornlng rare metal: In Goodnight DesdemonaJuliet is obsessed with passionate love.

Desdemona shows it to Constance, who confirms that it is hers.

Nurse’s brief interview and biography of MacDonald touches on some of the author’s influences and passions. Many of the play’s characters experience a learning process about their gender roles.

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They discover that they have the same birthday. All of them, as he sees it, insist in one way or another that “the plays are about the role of gender in the individual and in society. This essay discusses the issues of race and evolution in Goodnight Desdemona and MacDonald’s other work. Tanja Jacobs, the Constance, slipped at times into broad comedy and pushed the role into caricature; MacDonald’s performance is more subtle and draws on godmorning techniques.

Not only did Shakespeare write that “all the world’s a stage,” he saw to it that his stages went all over the literary world as well. The effect is tedious; worse still, it is dramatically disengaging. Trained describers, usually standing to one side of the stage, interpret the script and language used by the performers at the same time it is being performed.

Trudell is a doctoral student of English literature at Rutgers University. Return goidnight top of page.