Theatre: Shakespeare updated with flair and flourish

Life is a Dream. By William Shakespeare, translated by Jo Clifford. Project Arts Centre, until April 19

5th April, 2008

Life is a Dream. By William Shakespeare, translated by Jo Clifford. Project Arts Centre, until April 19

Rough Magic’s production of Life is a Dream is both tongue-in-cheek and utterly serious. The 17th-century play is laden with outmoded stereotypes - spurned lovers, wise fools, misguided kings, mistreated sons.

The classical structure sculpts leaden exposition from soliloquies and quick asides. The plot of mistaken identity is an exhausted formula, where Shakespeare found tragedy and Moliere...

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