Speak I Will: A Fractured Shakespeare

ensemble theatre · fractured shakespeare®️ · Ages 13+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by RUTH CHRISTOPHER

June 22, 2019 certified reviewer
tagged as: Prurient · relevant · timely · excellent · electric · inspiring · #metoo

What I liked

I liked the device of a chest slap and a breath to reset the scene between monologues. I LOVED the monologue derived from Julius Caesar. All of the actors performed with a level of fierce rage and intensity to be admired but the most moving section for me was definitely the final monologue ‘Was it Rape, Then?’ Ms. Adams spoke to my younger self asking that same question and I was reminded that I am not alone.

What I didn't like

Make it longer! Make it a full length production!

My overall impression

I thought this was one of the most brilliant uses of Shakespeare’s Canon I’ve ever seen. When I read my program before the show and saw that it was an all female cast, I expected a gender-bendy twist on some classic monologues. Instead I found my taste for language sated with the richness of high diction reborn to shape age-old experience and my appetite for feminist critique growing with the eating. Thank you for bringing this to life. Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.

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