August 15, 2011

A few weeks ago we went to see Grapes of Wrath at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, which has been getting good reviews this season. We all agreed–an excellent production and some very good acting (especially from Janet Wright as Ma and Tom McCamus as Casy), but somehow some of the truth got wrung out of the story when it got shrunk to 2.5 hours. It means less if you don’t feel the length and breadth of what the Joads do. And I found it led to many of the characters working more as types than as people. Very good to see, but less to feel.

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