Advertisement

Antony and Cleopatra

  • Katharine Goodland
  • John O’Connor
Chapter
Part of the A Directory of Shakespeare in Performance Series book series (DSP)

Abstract

Miss Smith is, as you’d know she would be,… wryly, waspishly winning in the early passages of Antony and Cleopatra. Her ill-feigned delight over the death of Antony’s first wife, her alternate rage and joy at a messenger s description of his newly acquired second, are models of serio-comic playing, heart and head locked in shrewish battle. She also carefully prepares the groundwork, early, for her essential distrust of Antony s strength, looking ahead to the play’s final forlorn stages. Those last stages, however, (and the machinations that come between) are utterly without emotional power, in part because Keith Baxter has been unable to give Antony any psychological chart we can follow: no ups, no downs, no growth, no decay. Mr. Baxter is stolid, uninflected, unnecessarily roaring throughout, with the result that no true bond is built between the principals. Once Miss Smith has left her mercurial girlishness behind, we have only plodding history to content ourselves with. Small content, though Mr. Scarfe is once again fine as Octavius Caesar. (Walter Kerr, New York Times, 4 July 1976)

Keywords

Early Passage Military Activity Constant Symbol Infinite Variety Powerful Sense 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Katharine Goodland and John O’Connor 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Katharine Goodland
  • John O’Connor

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations