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READER ☆ DOC Goodnight Desdemona Good Morning Juliet 9780802135773 FREE È ANN-MARIE MACDONALD ¶ In this exuberant comedy MacDonald asks What if Desdemona and Juliet were allowed to live? Constance Ledbelly a tweedy academic has ghostwritten the papers of her mentor for yeaIn this exuberant comedy MacDonald asks What if Desdemona and Juliet were allowed to live? Constance Ledbelly a tweedy academic has ghostwritten the papers of her mentor for years when suddenly he announces he's marrying a rival Escaping i I attended a performance of this play last night and thoroughly enjoyed it It was a joint presentation of Handsome Alice a feminist theatre troop and The Shakespeare Company here in Calgary There was a large contingent of high school students in the audience and judging from their response it was entertaining for them tooI’m not a laugh out loud in the theatre type of person but these performers gave me no choice Laughing had to happen And yet there was a serious side to the play as well as we watch a young doctoral student realize that she has been used by a professor and that her lack of self confidence is holding her back How many young women and maybe some not so young women are there out there who believe that they are not uite enough? Feeling that they have to justify their existence by “helping” other people to their own detriment? Being used by the people out there who can recognize their neediness? You know those people who actually have to be reminded on airplanes to put on their own oxygen mask first before helping others In this version of events Constance our student watches her professor take credit for her work get engaged to one of his other students and take up a university position that she had hoped to claim for herself In despair she is transported into Othello where she changes the balance of things to prevent Desdemona’s death and learns that Desdemona isn’t nearly as passive as the Bard’s play portrays her Subseuent adventures among the Montagues and Capulets in Verona reveal a teenage Juliet who is obsessed by death than by love Between Desdemona and Juliet Constance learns to take her life in her own hands and uit relying on the men or other women in her life to give her meaningGetting all these modern messages presented in blank verse is no mean feat I admired how well the author had to know the plays academia and female psychology This is a play worth watching especially if you have a teenage girl in your life who is likely to enter the university world

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Desdemona and Juliet and discovers that far from shrinking violets they are hellions full of surprises What follows is a riotous retelling of theatrical legend that brings Constance out of her gloom and straight into a new and confident se As riffs on Shakespeare go this is one of the better plays A put upon Assistant Professor finds that she’s wasted her life love and time on a man who was uick to take advantage of her writing talent and then cast her off for someone else From there she takes a journey of discovery as she is sucked into “Othello the Moor of Venice” and “The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet” She finds the heroines very different from how Shakespeare wrote them with a Desdemona as a fierce sword wielding warrior and Juliet as a whiny troubled teenager thinking that first love isn’t all it’s cracked up to be though she’s willing to give second love a tryWith other characters chiming in with various comments acting in unexpected ways yet very much in character the play is lively breezy and a laugh riot It manages to play with gender roles and be a feminist treatise without getting heavy handed in its subject matter For anyone who ever thought that Desdemona and Juliet could have been better done by than overdone by the Bard this play is a pointed bodkin to tickle the ribs

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Goodnight Desdemona Good Morning JulietNto her research Constance decodes the Gustav Manuscript and discovers a pair of comedies that she believes are the source for Shakespeare's Othello and Romeo and Juliet Transported into the world of her theory she comes face to face with I'm always a sucker for works that play with Shakespeare be they theatre film or prose so I was predisposed to enjoy reading Goodnight Desdemona Good Morning Juliet I was even likely to enjoy it since I saw the play a couple of decades ago and remember loving the performance You can imagine my surprise then when I found myself underwhelmed by the play this time around I don't really need to go into too much detail The problem was disappointment in the changes made to Desdemona and Juliet When I saw the play I loved those changes But reading them now I can't help feeling that Ann Marie MacDonald's changes ignored the strengths that were already there within Desdemona and Juliet By ignoring them MacDonald failed to build on what was there to expand from Shakespeare's position; instead she replaced their personalities with some of the worst parts of what we're now calling toxic masculinity and while this makes for some fine laughs even on the page it shines no real light on Shakespeare's women It's still a good play and I would run out and see a new staging of it without hesitation It's just that what I once felt was brilliant I now feel is just okay