Yesterday I went to see a new Measure for Measure in BDT - which was an experience in itself, since unlike most theaters which are within a walking distance from me, this one (well, its new building) isn't - and besides subway the way included a 20-minute walk through a park. Which is basically nice, but there was (a) rain, and (b) wind of such force that it was useless to open an umbrella. But the park is nice.
So is the theater... which wasn't that full. The performance itself was rather striking - I usually expect Angelo to be the main character, but here it was definitely the duke. Who was vivid and unpleasant (more unpleasant than usual; like pawing Juliet in jail); and their version of Isabella was also fairly unusual - starting with wearing a red dress under her robes, and generally being quite aggressive and aggressively sexual and in her interactions with Angelo being a bit like a wannabe/beginner dominatrix... between her and the duke I felt a bit sorry for Angelo for the first time in my life (while I was seeing Isabella/Angelo for most of the play, my friend was shipping Angelo with Escalus). I am not quite sure what I think about their Angelo - he felt very tired, put-upon and kind of befuddled.
... interesting show, in any case, and rather visually striking (and less undressing than usual - I think most Shakespeare I have seen locally involves undressing onstage. Especially King Lear)
And I have photos from Japan to clean up and post, except that I am tired. I am having a semi-day-off today.