Thursday, February 1, 2007

It's dèjá vu all over again . . .

The lede to my Britannicus review of 1/25:

"Legend has it that Nero fiddled while Rome burned - but in the ART production of Racine’s Britannicus, he strums a Stratocaster instead . . ."

Carolyn Clay's lede in the Boston Phoenix of 1/30:

"According to legend, Nero fiddled while Rome burned. In Racine’s Britannicus, as rendered by American Repertory Theatre (at the Loeb Drama Center through February 11), he plays an insistent electric guitar . . ."


  1. Both leads respond to the show's peripheral details rather than the problem with a superficial interpretation.

  2. Oh, too true! My superficial little riff hardly holds a candle to:

    "When London's Almeida Theatre brought Jean Racine's "seldom-performed "Britannicus", a cautionary historical drama written to admonish Louis XIV, to the BAC in New York in 1999, with Dame Diana Rigg as the power behind the throne, that production was overshown by the author's better known "Phedre," with Rigg in the title role."