Fuente Ovejuna

This is a fascinating production, largely becuase we have never seen any Spanish golden age theatre before. Keith and I had different reactions to this play – he did not like it and found the translation “like speaking cardboard” (to quote Seanna McKenna). This was the over riding factor for him so his vote overall is NO.

I liked the overall production and was much less bothered by the occasionally stilted language. My problem was with the performance of Scott Wentworth, who seemed to be in a diffeerent play. He was doing melodrama and doing it well, as he does. But the rest of the cast were doing a straight drama, so his performance was jarring and did not contribute to the theme of the play – when does the community have the right/obligation to rise up against evil? When is it necessary to take a stand and say no more? Important questions that were not served well by Wentworth’s melodrama. He could have shown us a really evil Guzman, that would have been much more effective. But overall, my vote is YES.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Fuente Ovejuna

  1. Keith says:

    Well, Cathy’s accurately given my opinion.I’d just like to add that not only did Boswell’s translation suck (assuming the original was good), but also he is to blame as director for Wentworth’s misguided performance and has no idea how to stage a play at the Patterson. Didn’t he look at the stage?

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