Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

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In this exuberant comedy, MacDonald asks, What if Desdemona and Juliet were allowed to live? Constance Ledbelly, a tweedy academic, has ghostwritten the papers of her mentor for years, when suddenly he announces he's marrying a riva.. Escaping into her research, Constance decodes the Gustav Manuscript, and discovers a pair of comedies that she believes are the source for Shakespeare's Othello and Romeo and Juliet. Transported into the world of her theory, she comes face-to-face with Desdemona and Juliet and ...
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Overview

In this exuberant comedy, MacDonald asks, What if Desdemona and Juliet were allowed to live? Constance Ledbelly, a tweedy academic, has ghostwritten the papers of her mentor for years, when suddenly he announces he's marrying a riva.. Escaping into her research, Constance decodes the Gustav Manuscript, and discovers a pair of comedies that she believes are the source for Shakespeare's Othello and Romeo and Juliet. Transported into the world of her theory, she comes face-to-face with Desdemona and Juliet and discovers that, far from shrinking violets, they are hellions full of surprises. What follows is a riotous retelling of theatrical legend that brings Constance out of her gloom and straight into a new and confident self.
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Editorial Reviews

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Imagine a collaboration among Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll and Woody Allen, and you have the essence of Goodnight Desdemona.
Toronto Globe and Mail
Clever, pointed and entertaining....This play is one of the wildest and woolliest feminist reappraisals that theatre has seen, and one of the most intellectually ambitious.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802135773
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 88
  • Sales rank: 368,193
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2002

    An Amazing Piece of Work

    My first job stage managing, I stage managed a production of this play. It was an amazing experience. To take some of Shakespeare's most famous plays and turn them into a 'What If' scenario was a stroke of genious. How often have people wondered if they hadn't of died, would Romeo and Juliet still have had a thing for each other? If Iago hadn't of convinced Othello to murder Desdemona, would the play still have been as tragic as it was? All these questions and more are addressed and answered. Not only is it a serious piece, but it's slap-knee funny also! I highly recommend this play to anyone who enjoys comedy, Shakespeare, or theatre.

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