EXPERIENCING PERICLES. We got to see Trevor Nunn’s production of Pericles. It was a wonderful production. There are those who say that the reason Pericles is rarely performed today is that the romance form is uncongenial to modern audiences. Yet our audience was completely absorbed in the play from the first moments to the end.
The reviews were mixed, and some reviewers were happy to display their dislike for the play. This review by Frank Scheck in The Hollywood Reporter begins :”It’s been over 400 years now. Is it OK to stop pretending we care about Pericles, Prince of Tyre?” Scheck’s review gives as “the bottom line”: “This ponderous take on one of the Bard’s lesser efforts fails to enchant.” I read this line to Mary Jane and she commented that there were a lot of enchanted people in the audience, including us.