RUN OPENS IN 2 WEEKS!!! 4 FRIDAYS! (+Archived Review)
ARCHIVED REVIEW – FEBRUARY 2000
Staged in February 2000 @ Memorial Hall, UNB, Fredericton, NB
Director – Robert Moore
Rougher Magic weaves age-old intrigue:
The Daily Gleaner (Fredericton)
Nasty Shadows Theatre Company opened a three-day run of Rougher Magic at Memorial Hall, UNB, last night. It was an ambitious play with a clever script packed with literary references, some really meaty roles, and tightly-coordinated sound and lighting effects.
Director and playwright Robert Moore and his cast brought it off with panache. The title itself is a reference to Prospero’s speech in Act 5, near the end of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, where he renounces the “rough magic” given him by the spirit Ariel, that allowed him to rule the island upon which he, his daughter Miranda, and others were shipwrecked by a storm.
Certainly, the use of the title Rougher Magic implies deference to the genius of “The Bard.” But Moore’s script, a reworking of The Tempest, is intriguing. Shakespeare’s cast is pared down to Prospero, Miranda and the monster/slave Caliban, with Ariel and Ferdinand, Miranda’s suitor, in supplemental roles.
© 2000 The Daily Gleaner (Fredericton)
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