‘Measure for Measure’ at Theatre for a New Audience
“Measure for Measure,” writes Geoffrey O’Brien in the NYR Daily, “is a perpetual questioning machine, exquisitely functional, set to a relentless tempo, yet a machine that bristles and crackles in its joints with contradiction and discomfort. Harold Bloom has described it as ‘a comedy that destroys comedy.’ It is a comedy that threatens to destroy or at least wear down its own characters by subjecting them to the only mechanism—a mechanism demanding elaborate subterfuges and unlikely changes of heart—by which they can avoid a tragic fate.”
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