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Friday, June 07, 2013

Reader's Diary #1011- Ann-Marie MacDonald: Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning, Juliet)


As I first began Ann-Marie MacDonald's play Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning, Juliet) I wasn't overly confident that I was going to like it. First off, it begins with what I took to be rather intimidating production notes, suggesting really minor tweaks that could be permitted and how. It seemed to imply that should a director make any other minor tweaks the wrath of the copyright court would be called upon before final curtain. That followed with a note on the text that said that the "punctuation carefully adheres to the author's instructions." Sheesh. I get that a playwright would want her work treated with respect, but it seemed rather anal. It wasn't making me hopeful for light entertainment.

But I was pleasantly surprised that Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning, Juliet) was entertaining. Funny, even. At a few points, it could be argued that it's too much so! (As an assistant professor, main character Constance Ledbelly can sometimes be a bit... not bright,) Still, for a play that revolves around a Shakespearean scholar, complete with references, innuendo, and wit, it was remarkably easy to slide into the groove of the plot and enjoy. Now I'd just like to see it performed in person. (And I'll be watching for that rigid quality control!)


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