Measure for Measure
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at City Lit Theatre
Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare's less know and less performed plays. It's considered a "problem play:" it's resolution doesn't quite fit the guide that helps determine tragedy from comedy. It's clearly a comedy (i.e. everyone doesn't end up dead) but the normal lighthearted storyline doesn't always keep up giggling in our seats. There are plenty of laughs to be had, but the over all tone and theme of the play is a little weightier.
In this more saucy and salacious take on the classic Shakespeare play, Measure for Measure is set in the debauched and depraved city of Vienna. In order to curb the city’s reckless ways, the Duke places the seemingly morally upright Angelo in power in his absence. When Angelo gives in to the temptation to abuse his power, the virginal nun Isabella must choose between accepting his advances and sacrificing her brother’s life.
Promethean Theatre's production really gets to the heart of balance between conservative and liberal ideas about sex and love and leads up to a more understanding and accepting place. Just like the play, however, no firm answers are given, so it's up to you to determine right from wrong and in doing so find the meaning of the play.
Measure for Measure opens Saturday, May 16 and runs through June 13 at City Lit Theatre.