There is something completely refreshing about taking something conventional and flipping it on its head. Men playing all the roles in a play, including the roles of women. Men being the funny ones, making the jokes and getting all the laughs. Men being the heroes, who fight the battles and win the wars.
In Ann-Marie MacDonald’s play Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), the playwright does just that. She examines Shakespeare’s heroines. She takes the plays apart by having a character literally fall into them and change the course of the scripts within Romeo and Juliet and Othello. What the Shakespeare Company, Handsome Alice Theatre (formally Urban Curvz Theatre) and Hit & Myth Productions have done with this production, is having all the roles be played by women. It makes for an engaging play by having an incredibly thoughtful script combined with some great talent from prominent actresses in Calgary.