Cheek by Jowl/Pushkin Measure for Measure: interesting, but a play we should all retire (Time Out Sydney)

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“…With its punitive views on women’s sexual life and morals without nuance, Measure for Measure seems like it’s missing the essential complexities of modern life and a bad fit for contemporary programming.

But it’s easy to understand why Sydney Festival artistic director Wesley Enoch would bring this show to Australia for his first festival season – it’s a deconstruction and reinvention of a classical work that is not entirely dissimilar to the adaptive spirit in Australian theatre practice, with elements of physical theatre, dance, and black comedy that are both challenging and familiar. There’s an elegance to this pared down work: its 110-minute running time moves quickly even without an interval, and the beginning of the piece, which sets up the political dynamics of the play and the world in which it takes place through silence and movement, is clever and striking…. READ MORE 

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