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Surely someone somewhere has written something called "The Revenge of Titania". Because everyone else ends up well enough, really, so long as one is okay with Demetrius and Helena basing the rest of their life on a love spell. But Titania...she's been made to fall in love with Bottom, and her page boy has been stolen from her...and then at the end she's smiling at Oberon and dancing and it's just one more happy couple. So either she didn't really care about the page boy in the first place, despite the story about how much she loved his mother, and she doesn't mind being made a fool of. Or she's just biding her time and putting Oberon off his guard, and she'll be getting her revenge soon. Actually, I think some sort of give and take of trickery and oneupsmanship between Oberon and Titania might be in the text; I can't remember for sure. If it is, that idea didn't show up very prominently in this production.

As for this production, there was some trouble with the sound, and I think I was missing the point of most of what they were trying to do with the fairies, and Hermia was more strident than I expected (though it did seem to be supported by the text), but definitely worth seeing. Actually, Hermia's characterization reminded me of a show I saw on PBS about some people who were trying to put on this play in Hanoi, with a mixture of eastern and western actors. The Vietnamese objected to the western actress's portrayal of Helena as too violent and unbecoming; I wonder what they would have thought of this Hermia. Outside the pale, probably.

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Jan. 18th, 2004 11:49 pm
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"If I am who I am because I am who I am, and you are who you are because you are who you are, then I am who I am and you are who you are. But if I am who I am because you are who you are, and you are who you are because I am who I am, then I am not who I am and you are not who you are."

Art, by Yasmina Reza

Not quite nonsense. But I wonder, what if I am who I am because I am who I am and because you are who you are?

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The character who is the furthest from me in terms of personality and way of dealing with life ended up saying everything that I agree with. Then the character I had almost dismissed took control and tried to put everything into perspective for the other characters, with interesting results. The strength of the play was definitely in the characterization.

It is mostly about religion, and the final message seems to be that having a message, whether it's about trying to sell industrial lubricants or trying to tell everyone you meet about Jesus, will always skew interaction, and one message is not inherently better than another.

I'm not sure if I agree with this or not. But perhaps this is only because I have more tolerance for some messages than others, or more precisely for some motives. I do believe that it is impossible to not have a message, an agenda, even if it is only to steer conversation to things you personally find interesting.

Probably the most interesting thing about the play for me was the character Larry, who was very unsympathetic to me at the beginning of the play, but ended up being my favorite character in the play, and I'm not sure why. Perhaps overblown rhetoric grows on me--or perhaps it was because over the course of the play I was shown that there was more to Larry than the surface.

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