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wWednesday, July 23, 2003

THESPIANS: Here's this week's column. It's about a new take on an old play:

What was it Oscar Wilde said about the death of Little Nell? Heart of stone or no, I couldn't make it through the D.C. Shakespeare Theatre's new "adaptation" of Ibsen's Ghosts without laughing. My lady friend tried a few quiet zingers but by the end, she'd gotten all the way to open mockery.

The husband-and-wife tag team, writer-director Edwin Sherin and leading lady Jane Alexander, were about as subtle as a pair of steroid addled pro wrestlers pummeling a helpless opponent. Anything worthwhile in the original was squeezed out by the sheer weight of the poor direction and the annoying rewrite. Set in the 1980s, Helen Alving is transformed from interesting widow and genuinely strong woman into a shrill feminist, and that's just for starters. [more]

posted by Jeremy at 12:27 AM