Measure for Measure Shakespeare Festival, Roman Theatre, Verona, 19-21 July 2018

  • Angelo Righetti


The review discusses the assets and liabilities of the production of Measure for Measure directed by Paolo Valerio for the 2018 Shakespeare Festival at the Roman theatre in Verona. After giving a fair write-up of performance (acting, scene-setting and costumes), the reviewer foregrounds the central, aporetic issues of the ‘dark’ comedy/tragicomedy – love, sex, law and religion. Reservations are expressed about the fast tempo imposed on the tragic part of the play by privileging intrigue and allowing Duke Vincentio to dominate the stage as a puppet master – thereby overshadowing the mirroring effect of the comic one that is almost downgraded to a farce instead of working as a realistic counterbalance.

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