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TOPIC: A play whose time has come

A play whose time has come 1 month 1 week ago #7471

  • Alastair Morley Jaques
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Titus has generally been seen as a weak sister, if not the weak sister of the Shakespearean canon. Personally, I've always liked the play, but I do specialize in some of the more obscure, blood and thunder Elizabethan and Jacobean revenge tragedies.

I've been both interested and gratified to note how, in recent seasons, festivals, theaters, and regional companies have been rediscovering Titus Andronicus, with all of it blood and seemingly unsophisticated versifications.

Is this an example of our culture's distancing itself from the sublime in favor of the visceral or is it just a swing of the pendulum. Titus was the crowd tickler or its time, after all.
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