Saturday, August 20, 2011 3:39:15 PM
It was quite a good production. It was staged at the Tom Patterson theatre, the thrust stage, so all the action was right in front of the audience. Titus Andronicus was played by John Vickery, an actor best known for having originated the role of the Lion King on Broadway. He had some really nice line readings, especially in the second act when he was feigning madness as he was plotting his diabolical revenge. Really, it's interesting to see how "Titus" played upon the conventions of the late 16th century "revenge plot". In some ways it was a clear precursor of "Hamlet", especially in the last act which ends with a furore of killing that leaves most of the principal characters dead. I lost track of the number of stage-deaths in the last scene, but according to one review of the play that I've read, there were 14.
After the production - I saw a matinee - I went for dinner at "Up the Street," a lovely Stratford gastropub. Good memories there! I love the gaudy Liberace Jr. decor of the place - very "gay" indeed, in both senses.