Since the production of her first solo play, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), she has become widely known and revered in the theatrical and literary. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by Ann-Marie MacDonald. Ann- Marie MacDonald. Photo by David Hawe. Used with permission from Random. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) [Ann-Marie MacDonald] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In this exuberant comedy and.

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Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

Constance resists Juliet and tells her of her bitterness about love. Desdemona shows it to Constance, who confirms that it is hers. It has subsequently been produced over forty times in Canada and abroad.

In the following essay, the critic uses a production of Goodnight Desdemona Good Morning Juliet as occasion to remark on other plays built upon Shakespeare’s works. But the metamorphosis isn’t complete until she encounters Juliet. The language is also a source of delight; wit, wordplay, and outrageous puns abound.

As we join Constance in her quest, identifying with her and becoming detectives ourselves, we fesdemona experience at least to a limited extent our own conversion, becoming our own authors. Constance’s journey into the worlds of Shakespeare’s plays reveals that sexism is ingrained in the common understanding of literature and history.

The event will kick off on Saturday, September 21 at 11 am with an Opening Ceremonies performance at the Central Library branch. boodmorning

In “Feminist Thematics and Shakespearean Tragedy,” Richard Levin takes to task that body of feminist critics who take a thematic approach to Shakespeare’s tragedies. Because they are speaking about Constance’s scholarly work, he also implies that his sexism extends to his interpretation of English literature and his wish to retain control over the patriarchal norms of literary interpretation.

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) Belfry Theatre a review

In scene 8, Desdemona confuses Romeo for Juliet and tells him to meet them in the crypt. She returns to the real world with a fuller knowledge of herself and an appreciation of the lessons she has learned from Juliet and Desdemona: Goodnight Desdemona also pays close attention to the feminist themes of gender identity and gender role.


In literary studies, goodnigght has concentrated on critiquing the male-dominated literary canon, reevaluating the role of women in literature, studying writings about women, and exploring gender identity. Initially, Constance is in danger of julliet herself in this Sargasso Sea, but instead she is able to find her own story and identity in a play that has been toodnight claimed by a patriarchal reading world.

Immediately after the feud is averted, Romeo, Mercutio, and Tybalt invite her to the baths to “baptize” their new friendship. When Desdemona arrives on the scene shortly thereafter, Constance introduces herself, still gpodmorning at her presence in the play:. Canada’s political and social climate was strongly affected by the United Statesand the two countries had close economic ties.

Tybalt is Juliet’s headstrong and violent cousin.

Review – Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) – Canadian Stage, Toronto – Christopher Hoile

Nestled in the middle of the University of Toronto, Hart House Theatre is the perfect location for this hilarious, thought-provoking remount of Ann-Marie MacDonald’s debut comedy about a quirky Shakespeare scholar who gets magically transported into two of the Bard’s most famous tragedies. MacDonald establishes this from the outset, combining some of Shakespeare’s lines with her own. On the day of her crisis, her birthday, Constance learns dedemona not only is her love unrequited and her labour taken for granted but Night will be marrying a graduate student and living with her in England.

Tybalt resolves to kill Constance. The prevalence of patriarchal values in today’s society, as in the past, renders these cultural details invisible, until we turn them upside down and apply their female counterpart as with Hoodnight pumping ironexposing them for what goodmornign are. The great joy of this production is that the author herself is playing the lead role of the mouselike academic, Constance Ledbelly, for the first time.


Juliet tells her that she knows the name of the Wise Fool and will trade it for one kiss. However, her ideas aren’t taken seriously by her male colleagues, and when one threatens her position at the university, she has a meltdown and is sucked into the worlds of the plays, where she searches for evidence to support her theories while becoming comically entangled in the action of each plot.

Act 3 takes place within the context of Romeo and Juliet. In scene 2, Iago discloses that he has a page from the Gustav manuscript and forms a plan to conspire against Constance.

We’re ready to fall on our knees and say thank you for the return of a Canadian classic. And what, after all the extruded comic complication, jliet we to make of the banality of concluding speeches such as, “I’ve had it with all that tragic tunnel vision” and “Life is a mess, thank god. Director Carly Chamberlain uses a scene featuring a sword duel to effectively showcase Constance’s transformation from overly deferential doormat into someone surprised by her sudden capacity for bravery.

Desdemona encounters Iago carrying buckets of filth, and Iago stirs jealousy in her.

What carries the evening is the play itself, especially when the major roles are so well acted as here. Constance’s main reinterpretive role is to avoid the expected outcome of the tragedies, chiefly iuliet tragic fate of Shakespeare’s female characters, and empower these women with some important nuggets of late-twentieth-century wisdom.