It was great back in 1996 the first time it graced the stage of the GCTC and it is fabulous today. Anne-Marie MacDonald’s Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is at the GCTC and once again this production is a complete theatrical treat from beginning to end. In fact it’s even better the second time around.
The play centres around one nerdy, but endearing doctoral student/assistant professor, Constance Ledbelly, nicknamed “mouse”. She’s in love with a sleazoid professor who steals her work, achieves tenure and is offered a position at Oxford, all thanks to Constance.
She, on the other hand, is the laughing stock of the faculty because she is trying to prove that Romeo and Juliet and Othello were originally comedies that Shakespeare altered into tragedies. By magic, she gets transported into the action of both plays just at a decisive point in each plot and changes the outcome of the plays with funny results.
MacDonald’s plot cleverly weaves together elements of an altered Shakespearean world where, for example, Romeo and Juliet are a couple of teenage brats (which is a refreshingly more probably characterization of teenagers than Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers) and where Desdemona is rough around the edges and one tough cookie (a far cry from the unassuming original Desdemona). Those are but two examples that have you following every twist and turn in the fast-moving plot. This is a must see for all literary buffs, but you don’t need a Ph.D. in literature to get it.
The acting in every instance is superb. Actually, every aspect of the play is overwhelmingly satisfying and will have you laughing throughout the whole evening. You are in for a fun night of diversion and escape. Playing now until December 15th, 2013.
Sascha Cole - Desdemona/Ramona
Zach Counsil - Romeo/Iago
Pippa Leslie - Juliet/Student
Margo MacDonald - Constance