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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While Constance’s male persona adds to our enjoyment, it also allows MacDonald to reveal the extent to which not only our social exchanges but our very identities are shaped by gender constructs.

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

It is by coming to terms with her femininity that Constance godnight to uncover some of her best qualities and have faith in her mind and personality. The pertinent scenes of Othello are set in sixteenth-century Cyprus, which was then a part of the Republic of Venice. 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 clown techniques. Juliet tries to kill herself, but Constance pins her down and reveals that she is a woman.

It’s a joyful romp with MacDonald—who looks like Minnie Mouse in her red booties and black tights—at the heart of it all.

In this environment of relative tolerance and stability, the flourishing of the arts in goodnjght Europe spread to England, and the late sixteenth century became famous for a flowering in the arts known as the English “Renaissance. Tybalt sees Romeo kiss Constance and sends Juliet to interrupt them.

Retrieved December 29, from Encyclopedia. Shannon Hengen, for example, stresses in Canadian Literature that the play is a “feminist comedy” associated with “the potential for real social or political change.

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) Belfry Theatre a review

As ofMacDonald continued to live and work in Toronto. Register online at www. Constance, shamelessly exploited by Professor Claude Night, is hot on the trail of a new theory about two particular Shakespearean tragedies— Othello and Romeo And Juliet.

In scene 8, Desdemona confuses Romeo for Juliet and tells him to meet them in the crypt. As she works aloud on her dissertation, writing on the foolscap in green ink, she is interrupted twice, first by a student named Jill, whom she mistakenly calls “Julie,” and later by Ramona, a confident, attractive coed.

For example, she pokes fun at Othello’s boastfulness, Tybalt’s capacity for anger and violence, Romeo’s inconstancy, and Juliet’s death drive. As she declares her independence from the Bard, she places her faith in sisterhood: And hit bottom she does, descemona Claude announces that he is marrying Ramona and moving with her to Oxford, where he will take the post for which Constance thought she was being groomed.


It’s first mentioned in the Prologue by a character named simply “Chorus,” who appears mysteriously in Constance’s office and speaks the play’s opening lines:.

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In a moment of despair, Constance is thrown into both her juliett mind and the two Shakespearian tragedies to discover the truth about herself, and to find the lost fool with the help of Desdemona and Juliet.

MacDonald goosnight not provide the conventional marriage at the end of an Elizabethan comedy, but she does rely on the refusal of comedy to submit to fatalism and inescapable female tragedy. MacDonald also assigns several of her Shakespearean characters lines spoken by someone else in the original version.

This satisfies our desire for closure and brings the comic narrative to completion. One of MacDonald’s most important thematic desdemoa in Goodnight Desdemona is to develop and explore feminist ideas. Juliet is also bent on death—her own. When Romeo and Juliet dress in drag and when Desdemona sword fights or participates in military violence, MacDonald is commenting on the flexibility of gender identities and the importance of testing and changing their boundaries.

William Shakespeare is probably the most important dramatist in the English languageand his plays are considered the high point of Elizabethan art. Romeo dresses as a woman in order to win “Constantine,” but he ends up falling for Desdemona and then being whisked away by Tybalt. Iago and Desdemona enter, fighting with swords, and Constance nearly kills Iago, thinking that she is saving Desdemona.

At the end of the play, however, Desdemona promises Constance that she will reform this impulse and acknowledge life’s complexity. Goomdorning fight over their turtle, Hector, and end up ripping it in two; they part on bitter terms.

Capulet’s servant is handing out invitations julirt Romeo and Juliet’s marriage feast when Constance pounces on him, mistaking him for the Wise Goodmkrning. They fight over their goldmorning, Hector, and end up ripping it in two; they part on bitter terms.

Jill tries to slip her late paper on “The Effect of Filth on Renaissance Drama” undetected under Constance’s door; the tug-of-war that ensues is a miniversion of the many battles that Constance will wage before the play is over.

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

Tybalt sees Romeo kiss Constance and sends Juliet to interrupt them. Tybalt arrives, and Constance pretends to be dead, telling Desdemona to seek Juliet.


Most prominent is Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Deadhis inspired riff on two of the greatest nonentities in all of dramatic literature. Many of the play’s characters experience a learning process about their gender roles.

He is a war hero of the Venetian empire, engaged in battle with the Turks on the island of Cyprus. As we join Constance in her quest, identifying with her and becoming detectives ourselves, we can experience at dsedemona to a limited extent our own conversion, becoming our own authors. In more serious efforts, playwrights have used Shakespeare as a jumping-off point, borrowing from the text in creative ways to frame contemporary issues.

When he tells Constance that she has “such an interesting little mind” goodnighf then says, “Hand it over” seemingly referring to her latest plagiarism for himhe implies that he wishes to own and control Constance’s mind. With its witty allusions to late-sixteenth-century English culture, its use of Elizabethan dramatic conventions, and its playful reimagining of some of Shakespeare’s most enduring characters, Goodnight Desdemona amuses its audience and brings the Elizabethan period to life.

Juliet complains to her nurse that she is dying of boredom and wishes that she could be unmarried, able to play the deadly game of love. In order to ridicule Tybalt’s character, the playwright places him and Romeo in a variety of comical situations that culminate when Tybalt whisks Romeo from the crypt, believing that he is a maiden. Thirteen-year-old Juliett is known throughout the world as a symbol of young love. Before Desdemona can kill her, Constance is dragged offstage.

The play embroiders on this theme, portraying her as adventurous, aggressive, even bloodthirsty, while Othello becomes a pompous windbag, fond of telling old war stories.

Sally Cooper is endearing as the ditzy but stouthearted Constance, Margot Fenley is sporting as the bloodthirsty Desdemona and Ksenja Logos is gently comic as a sex-starved Juliet. But the best part of Stoppard’s work is that it sends you back to Hamlet to examine the originals once again, and your respect for Shakespeare’s writing grows and grows.