I’m just a traditional guy with traditional tastes. I don’t mind a bit of experimentation now and then but when you do THIS to Shakespeare, I have to take exception. I saw the now mercifully closed Peter Sellers production of Othello with Philip Seymour Hoffman.
- The actors spoke Shakespearean dialog into cell phones. Sometimes, while standing right next to one another. You know how I feel about cell phones.
- Iago wore street clothes. He had a green shirt because he was, you know, jealous.
- It was FOUR HOURS LONG with only one :15 minute intermission, which is completely unnecessary for that play.
- A lot of action took place on a bed made of TVs. And some folding chairs.
- Montano, a soldier of Cyprus, was played by a woman. In the barroom brawl scene, Othello’s Lieutenant, Cassio, doesn’t beat her up. That would be adhering to the original text. Instead, he graphically rapes Montano on the TV bed.