Friday, May 16, 2003

To revive

"To revive means to bring someone or something back to life and consciousness. Adaptation is the process by which an organism becomes better suited to its environment."
"In New York this truth is grasped most often by Off Broadway companies. They are the ones who keep grappling with Shakespeare. Their classics can be unpredictable and exhilarating, from Sophocles to J. M. Barrie (Mabou Mines's "Gospel at Colonnus" and "Peter and Wendy"); Racine to Gertrude Stein (the Wooster Group's "To You the Birdie" and "Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights")."
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"They make me think that the best revivals share certain characteristics. They are based on challenging work that is not regularly staged. The cast works as an ensemble even if there are stars in leading roles. The staging points up the text rather than competes with it. And the relationship between its time and ours is dramatized but not exploited."
(nytimes: Arts: Plays Need Reimagining, Not Merely Reviving By MARGO JEFFERSON)

:: comment :: . . . despite future linkrot worth noting . . . reimagining & not slavishly replaying . . . when working faithful research & complete creative intuition shape the process . . . yes a "bringing back to consciousness" but not in a deadly, museum waxwork way . . . to make immediate into the educated imagination . . .