5 Plays I’m wishing for in 2011
I’ve seen a ton of Jacobean and Elizabethan plays in my life, but there are a couple I would love to see again and some I would give almost anything to see once. Here or abroad, I’m putting in an order for
1) The Duchess of Malfi, John Webster
Webster’s luscious tale of a widow who takes her love life in her own hands and out of the hands of her two creepy brothers is full of terrific verse and nasty twists. So sexy, so dangerous. This must look great on stage!
2) Volpone, or the Fox, Ben Jonson
I haven’t seen a Jonson play in years, so I could really start anywhere in his catalogue, but this one seems delightfully complicated.
3) Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe
Now this is just a zany, zoo-y piece of madness, and I am sure, in the days of the Queen’s Men, never had a hellmouth been so well employed. Just imagine what it would look like today. We need to get Julie Taymor to give up on superheroes and try this!
4) The Jew of Malta, Christopher Marlowe
I saw F. Murray Abraham perform this piece opposite The Merchant of Venice at the Duke on 42nd Street a few years ago, and it was terrifying and terrific. Abraham is reprising Merchant, so maybe Malta won’t be far behind.
5) Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare
I swore off this play after a particularly boring Peter Hall/Rebecca Hall production and a vapid and insane Russian version (with bad, bad supertitles provided by the show’s producer, Sam Mendes). Now I’m ready to wade back into this silly and exhausting comedy. Peter Hall and Rebecca Hall are giving it another shot in London soon, so maybe they’ll bring it back to Brooklyn and give us another whirl, too.