Ok, here we go. My report, as per usual. I just saw our Titus Andronicus
, and it really was bloody hilarious!
After seeing how well Narm Charm
and Refuge in Audacity
can be deployed to its advantage, I don't see how I could ever take it seriously again. Taken seriously it would be inherently too narmy and incredibly depressing in a way that would bring it down, but not taking it seriously elevates it to a wonderful level of black comedy. Our Titus himself was the most normal-acting of the main cast...everyone else nudged their performance in some direction or another that made them funny. Marcus was always loud and overdramatic, Lucius was extraordinarily bored with everything (really well done and especially hilarious), Young Lucius took the idea of a gleeful little kid amidst all this to its logical conclusion...etc. People flipped people off. Just before Demetrius and Chiron cut off Lavinia's hands (no rape involved, see below), the guy who played Aaron randomly turned up with a guitar and started playing/singing ''I Wanna Hold Your Hand", this was apparently added half an hour before this particular performance.
Let's see...we cross-cast a great many people...Aemilius was genderflipped to Aemilia but this didn't mean much. On the other hand, we both cross-cast Saturninus and genderflipped to Saturnina, referred to as Empress but also as Lord, and since she still took Tamora as queen, than effectively Rome was ruled by lesbians, but it basically worked fine. Lavinia's rape was cut, turned to essentially implied rape if anything. As such, instead of Chiron posing as the spirit of Rape, it's changed to Sin, and also Titus killing Lavinia makes a lot less sense. Also, Martius and...Mutius, I think...(wait no, it's someone else, not sure who) it's never made clear that they're Titus's sons. I'm talking about the two guys who discover the body of Bassianus in the pit. They're very much Those Two Guys
and totally stole the background of any scene they were in.
The final banquet scene was absolutely hilarious. Titus, who came in with the pies wearing a chef's hat and apron, stabs Lavinia like normal but then hits Tamora over the head with a rolling pin to kill her, whereby Saturnina kills him with it, whereby Lucius nonchalantly kills her by hitting her over the head with a fish
. Throughout what comes afterwards, Young Lucius loots the bodies and the food from the table, and Lucius keeps eating the pie like nothing unusual has happened. And Marcus's longwindedness drives a random Goth and Aemilia to start drinking.
It worked. It absolutely worked. There isn't as much comedy in the first half because there isn't as much going on, or as much dying. But despite what a mixed review in one of the school papers said, it works. The next thing I have to report on is a somewhat less official production of Cymbeline
directed by she who played the Clown in Titus, but I don't know when that is.
edited 2nd Mar '12 8:23:18 PM by frog753