FROM THE BLOG
Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure is often described as one of the playwright’s “problem plays,” shifting between lewd comedy and moral drama with halting transitions. It often leaves audiences confused as to whether they should discreetly chuckle alongside the baseless clowns or hold their breath fearfully during Isabella’s tumultuous attempts to save her brother.
Measure for Measure was written between 1603 and 1604, classified initially as a comedy. However, the production history exemplifies the complicated nature of the play, each with a nearly unique perspective. Justice, mercy, and licentious behavior all provide avenues for artists and audiences alike to delve into the play and find something that’s evocative, sometimes eerily so, of our present day circumstances.