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Toni Morrison’s Desdemona invites us to listen not just hear

Desdemona is one of several productions at this year’s Melbourne Festival that invites its audiences to listen to tragedy and its reverberations. Mark Allan/Melbourne FestivalIn Desdemona, Toni Morrison’s response to Shakespeare’s Othello, which opens today at the Melbourne Festival, we are invited to do something – something it seems we are being invited to do as audiences of tragedy ever more: to listen.

Last year in London, I was bowled over by Euripides’ Medea, adapted for the National Theatre by Ben Powers.
It opens with the Nurse, caregiver to Medea’s two sons, anticipating their murder by their mother.

At the close of the …read more

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