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Dr Gemma’s gruesome dinner party revenge brought the hit drama to an end after five episodes filled with bloody-funny shifts in tone and pace. It’s a series that owes a lot to five-act Jacobean dramas
Multi-part TV dramas most often come in even numbers of editions – two, four, six, eight, ten – and so the five-episode length of Doctor Foster, which finished tonight on BBC1, feels irregular.
The quintet of editions, though, perfectly serves the dramatic purposes of writer Mike Bartlett because the story of a Midlands Gp who discovers successive sexual and financial secrets about her property developer husband is visibly a modern version of the five-act theatrical genre of Jacobean dramas such as John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi and Thomas Middleton’s The Revenger’s Tragedy.
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- Mark Lawson
Red Bull Theater reliably mounts excellent productions, and its ’Tis Pity She's a Whore is no exception. John Ford's early 1630s revenge tragedy could be most simply summed up, as some of Red Bull promotional materials do, as Romeo and Juliet with incest. It includes an earthy nurse, a well-meaning but ultimately ineffective friar, and, of course, some extremely forbidden love.
But, in addition to its Shakespearean echoes, it also features hallmarks of the later, Jacobean stage, such as a double-dealing servant, an inept gallant, and corrupt Catholic clergy, as well as spectacular, often darkly comedic onstage violence, and it is equally reminiscent of John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi and Thomas Middleton's The Revenger's Tragedy, both of which Red Bull has previously staged and the »
- Leah Richards
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