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See that in the title? That was my expression while reading this.

Ann-Marie Macdonald: Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

The play has a good concept, but other than that, I thought it was ridiculous. Some woman gets magically transported into two of Shakespeare's plays and can magically start speaking like the plays. The characters don't really react to the fact that this woman randomly appeared. I do admit though that the part where Romeo and Juliet turn into crossdressers is amusing, but still left me with a O_o feeling.



Not every work is going to be every student's favorite, and I think there's value in writing about your initial reactions to a work.

Farce and absurdity are well-established parts of the theatrical landscape, just as the wild hair colors and huge eyes and blood-squirting-out-of-noses are part of anime.

What specific passage of this play most drew your attention? Do you feel your attitude towards Shakespeare had any affect on your reaction to this work? What point does the abusrdity help the author to make?

Kayla Lesko said:

I smirked when you mentioned anime in your comment. I get what you're saying, but this play was more absurd than some of the anime I've seen. Believe me when I say that there is some FREAKY STUFF out there.

My attitude toward Shakespeare had nothing to do with my reaction, they made an anime of Romeo and Juliet and even though there's changes to the story, I still like it (haven't watched the whole series yet though and Juliet is a crossdresser in that too, but that doesn't bother me since it's a staple in anime).

The speech at the end at what life really is was the only thing that really stood out in a serious way to me. Constance finally comes to terms with herself and that some things in life shouldn't be taken so seriously.

WOW, that was a long comment.

Because you're familiar with the conventions of anime, this play seems stranger to you.

But the Theater of the Absurd it's a whole literary subgenre, and you're probably familiar with some of its conventions through the Simpsons Halloween episodes, or just about any sitcom episode that has a "It was all a dream! But I guess I learned something during that dream..." ending.

Dianna Griffin said:

I actually enjoyed it. However, it may be because I don't really enjoy reading Shakespeare and since this makes fun of his work, it was somewhat enjoyable. Also, the character, Constance, seemed to study Shakespeare religiously. Therefore, I kind of expected her to know how to speak like his characters.

Kayla Lesko said:

Um... That has nothing to do with it. If that was the case, then I would've liked the play because it's almost along the same lines. I mostly didn't like it because of Constance, she kinda ruined the play for me.

Ashley Pascoe said:

Honestly, I didn't really like the play as well, but for me, its absurdity was the play's only saving grace. I've never had a problem with Shakespear but I've never love his works either, so I, as well, don't think this had much to do with wether or not I like the play.

JessicaOrlowski said:

Dianna- I was thankful that she eased me into the Shakespearian language. It made it a lot easier to understand

Kayla- Yeah... it was rather absurd. But you have to look at MacDonald's presentation of her characters. Even though Constance's personality was a little abrasive, it's interesting to catalogue a change within her and watch her become the villain for a while.

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