(Pdf Kindle) [Desdemona A Play About a Handerchief] By Paula Vogel
His play is widely anthologized is an injustice Am I STUPID FOR NOT UNDERSTANDING HOW THIS WAS MEANT stupid for not understanding how this was meant explore feminist themes such as women s relationships with one another in a male dominant society I don t mind the premise Vogel creates this irony with one another in a male dominant society I don t mind the premise Vogel creates this irony Desdemona actually does make a cuckold out of Othello but with everyone EXCEPT the man Othello truly suspects What I do mind is the switch of personalities between Desdemona and Emilia and almost makes them both the worst two people ever Neither of their motivations made sense to me Desdemona who wants to be a worldly woman and Emilia who is this devout and devoted wife act differently to what they say I hated that Emilia got preachy with Desdemona all the time an I would give this 45 stars if half stars were allowed As a feminist driven adaptation of Othello this is a really good play Vogel points to the inds of female sociality that is generally suppressed in Shakespeare s work admittedly partly because Shakespeare had to have boys perform women s parts However I do have one critiue and one uestion about the playFirst I don t understand why Vogel uses stage Irish and stage cockney dialects for Emilia and Bianca respectively Emilia is supposed to be Venetian and Bianca a Cypriot So why have their accents been shifted to British class markers Also Vogel is an American so her choice to use British stereotypes is definitely a specific choiceMy critiue of the play is that by turning Desdemona into a woman having sex with everyone in sight Othello s suspicions are ironically confirmed in this play not specifically that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio but that she is cheating on him I get Vogel s point about liberating women s sexuality but the problem she doesn t seem to resolve is that when Desdemona is cheating on Othello his jealousy is justified in a way that it isn t justified in Shakespeare s text. Ow hooker at least one night a week Bianca thinks the worst when she soon discovers that Desdemona nows intimate details of the life of her lover Cassio Though Desdemona has never been intimate with Cassio her life is soon in danger when her husband Othello also suspects her of infideli.
Paula Vogel ↠ 0 reviewPleasureless for her and she started to think of the Rosary while he did her And I also loved when they talk about how women s existence goes ignored by men Really taking up the feminist concerns in the play alongside domestic abuse and violence and the sexual behaviours of meni d love to see behaviours of menI d love to see performed This play disappointed me rather substantially It seems Vogel wanted to ask the uestion what happens if we focus on Desdemona and trade her personality out with Emilia s As a picture of domestic abuse the play could have been poignant but unlike the masterpiece that is How I Learned to Drive this play just doesn t measure up to Vogel s usual delivery I think the Shakespeare angle was the big misstep Othello who never appears onstage seems unmotivated in his cruelty and those who now the play recognize this decision as playing into iago s racialization of as playing into Iago s racialization of Knowing the original makes that seem rather hollow But the real problem I had with this one is Desdemona who becomes a flat character not that she isn t in Shakespeare but I expected Vogel to texture her much than the final result and her only character trait seems to be cruel
are so many places where this play tries to refer to the original but few where it lines up in a satisfying or even enlightening way If I weren t asked to compare it to Shakespeare s original constantly I would ve probably liked it The delivery method Vogel chose however prevents that and constantly at least three times putting Emilia s lines in Desdemona s mouth really just made this behind the scenes retelling feel like a parallel universe A decision that that felt unnecessary and dissatisfying for my money If Vogel didn t want to parallel Shakespeare I can t understand why she did to the minimal degree seen here ShitIt reads like it was written by a caffeinated tenth grader between episodes of Murphy BrownThe fact that Reluctantly loyal Emilia pesters Desdemona about a military promotion for her husband Her motive however is that he leave her a wealthy widow preferably sooner than later Bianca now a street wise yet painfully naive prostitute visits Desdemona thinking she is a very good friend and fell. Funny and devastating this really worked for me A reworking of Othello from The Lady Point Of lady point of it explores female relationships and jealousies through cinematic framing This is part of an effort to make up for my reduced reading time with the same strategy I used in college read plays Why did you lie to me Why most of the reviews say this is the feminist version Sexual liberation Where I M So Angry It Was Awful At Least In m so angry It was awful At least in first reading I didn t find anything good in this play Bianca almost Un amore scandaloso killing desdemona for a man Desdemona cheating on Othello because And Emilia never being good I can t Interesting angle but not very thrilling in my experience Watching performances of Shakespeare s plays is not my thing Studying the texts is also not my thing Can you see my red face yet Even some of the finest actors reading the most powerful scenes written by Shakespeare can take me to napdom Honestly two fellow grad students had to wake me up during SHAKESPEARE S PEOPLE a presentation of the great dramatic moments given to us by the bard My friends tried to reduce my embarrassment by telling me that Sir Michael Redgrave had been napping between his readings But he looked and probably was about ninety I was twenty five So Sometimes I hate reading plays because I wish I was in the theater watching it happen This is so fucking great The untold story of the women Desdemona Emilia and Bianca and the women s space inside the palace at Cyprus The women are being abused by their husbands and they try to each get theiricks and just live Desdemona has fun standing in for Bianca at her prostitute job Bianca s out and about with Cassio Emilia s faithful to D but wants to advance herself Several of heir issues come down to money and economic dependence on men And there s several really poignant moments like when Emilia s telling D about how having sex with Iago was just so. Having slept with Othello's entire encampment Desdemona revels in her bawdy tales of conuest Her foils and rapt listeners are the other integral and re imagined women of this Shakespeare tragedy Emilia Desdemona's servant and the wife of Iago and Bianca now a majestic whore of Cyprus The. .There are so many places where this play tries to refer to the original but