At stake, of course, is what will underlie the true crisis of the play: the nature of, or explanation for, Desdemona's love, as Othello
It's a pleasure to watch Gardell's slimy but undeniably charismatic Iago wind up Dunn's emphatic, emotionally translucent Othello
into a froth of torment and rage.
The conception of the body with which Othello
begins, and which he attempts to repair in the final acts of the play, bears upon his conception of self.
This essay explores the question of what happened to Othello
in the 1987 South African performance.
Iago's monstrous actions are fuelled by professional jealousy and the belief that he has been cuckolded by Othello
The fortunes of Othello
have been traced by Margaret Gilman in her book Othello
in France (Paris, 1925).
The play poses a real problem for an actor here: how can she continue to believe in Othello
without appearing stupid?
Unlike Aida, Othello
was a low key production in a former industrial plant in inner city Birmingham.
He reluctantly gets legless as Iago plies him with booze with the aim to wreck his friendship with Othello
Finally, in his beautiful delivery of the speech in which Othello
recounts how he wooed Desdemona, Thompson bares the strong man's sensitive soul, revealing him as a tender lover of beauty.
On the whole, Othello
manages to grab and maintain the attention of the audience.
Much of the tragedys success depends, of course, on the casting of Othello