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The White Devil, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, review: It ain't Shakespeare – maybe it's more Tarantino

As Flamineo, the malcontent brother who pimps her to Brachiano in the hope of preferment, Joseph Timms gives a vivid whirlwind of a performance, jokily collusive with the audience, but I don't think he sufficiently conveys the vicarious erotic kick


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The White Devil, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, review: It ain't Shakespeare – maybe it's more Tarantino - The Independent

Director Annie Ryan responds with a scathing relish to John Webster’s Jacobean tragedy of ruthless self-interest, convoluted intrigue and gory revenge in her impressive candlelit production in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The flickering half-light and the gilded intimacy of the space provide, on one reckoning, the ideal conditions for conjuring up the amoral murk and treacherous dazzle of the claustrophobic court in this play. Lately there have been attempts to alter this perception of the piece – most notably in Maria Aberg’s bracing RSC revival, which located the play in the neon glare of a fantasy version of today's celebrity culture. She did so in order to emphasise the powerful and advanced critique of sexual double standards that undoubtedly lies at the heart of the work. Ryan’s production is not quite so single-minded. While drawing on the distinctive ambience of the Playhouse, it sets the piece in an Edwardian/punk/Gothic dystopia and, though it eschews any plonking references to current events, the show is a forceful reminder that barefaced misogyny and... The White Devil is, in a sense, a trick title, designed to expose reflex sexism. You assume that it's meant to denote the heroine, Vittoria Corombona, a sensual, a frustrated married woman whose adulterous liaison with Duke Brachiano triggers a mountingly mad chain reaction of brutal retributions. In fact, it would more justly apply to the hypocritical, self-seeking men who mishandle and oppress her. As Flamineo, the malcontent brother who pimps her to Brachiano in the hope of preferment, Joseph Timms gives a vivid whirlwind of a performance, jokily collusive with the audience, but I don't think he sufficiently conveys the vicarious erotic... The rather high-pitched touchiness and petulant self-concern of Brachiano are adeptly captured by Jamie Ballard, while Garry Cooper's portrayal of Monticelso, the corrupt Cardinal who is later elevated to Pope, is all the more effective for being... When Vittoria is put on trial for adultery, it is the Cardinal who subjects her to a barrage of misogynistic abuse and, though he has only circumstantial evidence, condemns her to imprisonment in a house for fallen women. In this eloquently staged arraignment scene (the dock is cage-like), Kate Stanley-Brennan is magnificent as Vittoria – an imposing, beautiful woman who can knock spots off the Cardinal with her witty scorn and agile intelligence but who is at his... Vittoria is not, of course, guiltless. By recounting a suggestive dream, she did nudge Brachiano to murder. It's great that Webster’s play does not require the character to be a pillar of conventional virtue before it will defend her against a judicial system so rigged against her because she’s a woman. And it’s a wonderfully liberating stroke that Vittoria is allowed to admit to having a sensual life – with a fierce and almost withering lack of shame, as Stanley-Brennan excellently plays it. You want to cheer her for the chutzpah with which she... Is she to be condemned, she asks, just for being looked at carnally by Brachiano. Ryan's vivid cast always make the verse sound bounding and spontaneous, even though, on the page, it can have a pre-digested ring – as if the characters were forever flipping through a Rolodex of resonantly translated Quotations from Montaigne to... And as the plot gets more and more deranged, you feel that villains and victims alike are caught up in some monumental sick joke, tricked out with references to the revenge play tradition. “It ain't Shakespeare – maybe it's more Tarantino,” as the director says in the programme. Recommended. 020 7401 9919.

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  1. As Flamineo, the malcontent brother who pimps her to Brachiano in the hope of preferment, Joseph Timms gives a vivid whirlwind of a performance, jokily collusive with the audience, but I don't think he sufficiently conveys the vicarious erotic kick
  2. Kate Stanley-Brennan's Vittoria paces and clutches at the bars of the wooden dock, and only the unnecessary cross-casting of Sarah Vevers as the lawyer, dilutes the visual power of the image: the woman caged, while the men look on and weigh her fate
  3. Garry Cooper as Monticelso, Mercy Ojelade as Isabella and Joseph Timms as Flamineo in John Webster's “The White Devil,” directed by Annie Ryan. Credit Marc Brenner. LONDON — “Women are caught as you take The story, in brief, concerns the married
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1899 graduating class, University of Illinois College of Medicine
1899 graduating class, University of Illinois College of Medicine College of Physicians and Surgeons Medical Department University of Illinois Class of 1899 Photograph credited to Patterson and Shimmin Photo on Ashland Boul. Chicago as pictured,left to right, top to bottom * indicates photographed graduate not listed in 1921 alumni record ‡ indicates photo missing from composite Charles Morgan Coen J. W. Mintener * ‡ Henry Justus Hillebrand ‡ Frank Benjamin Knudson ‡ Wilhelm Carolius Olson Edward Clark Winans William F. Reich Frederick Wolfgang Myers ? Fukala * (there is a Charlemagne V. Fukala listed in the class of 1902, and pictured in the 1902 composite) John Valentine Wenzel Valdemar Pleth Riley Gilbert Rich John Emil Swanson Luke H. Kelley James Alphonse Peters ‡ R. Lenard * ‡ Henry Colistus Carroll Francis Frederick Markey Brouislaus Casimir Grabowics Hannah Luella Hukill Mary Gill Hunter Sally Yingst (Howell) Helen Taylor Hisom Alberta Virginia McClung Lora L. Beedy...
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University of Illinois College of Medicine Class 1915 Photograph credited to Root Studio, Kimball Hall, Chicago as pictured, left to right, top to bottom * indicates photographed graduate not listed in Class of 1915 in 1921 alumni record † indicates faculty/staff Lazarus Cohler Cleve Ridlon Senescall James William Doughty Laurence Hampson Mayers Ernest Gaston Beatty Benjamin Vaughan McClanahan Marius D. Senelick Lester Irving Ofner Cyril James Larkin Samuel Arthur Kleger Chetwynd Marr Franchere Simon B. Stern Senekerim Hovhannes Arakelian Lewis Leonard Brodsky Karl Adolphus Anderson Walter Lawrence Johnson Steward Harry Anderson Edwin Robert Talbot George Milton Landau Joseph Seilin Christopher Brown Stuart Irwin Herbert Cutler Charles Clifford Pinkerton George Michael Fitzgerald Ross Edmund Elvidge Alexander Herbert Barnett Phillip Harmon Broudo Harry Hirsch Freilich James Edward Thiell Warren Coleman Hawthorne BS AM † Maurice Lewison MD † John Weatherson CE MD † Alexander...
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Picnic in Stanley Park (ca190-) courtesy Vancouver Public Library # VPL 5397. Photographer: Philip Timms.

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A Thunderous ‘White Devil’ at Shakespeare’s Globe
(At one point, the gifted Mr. Timms kicks the side of the stage, as if the space itself were too small to contain his character’s passions.) The story, in brief, concerns the married Vittoria (Kate Stanley-Brennan), whose scheming brothers, of whom ...

Theatre reviews: The White Devil and Sex With Strangers
Sadly, the same is not true for actors. There are exceptions. Kate Stanley Brennan is an impassioned Vittoria, defiantly asserting her innocence before a tribunal of men. Joseph Timms is dynamic, if irritatingly ‘mockney’, as her venal brother Flamineo ...

A shattering encounter: A new production of The Glass Menagerie in London
And there are some fine, full-blooded Websterian performances from Kate Stanley-Brennan’s sexy, free-spirited, clever Vittoria and from Joseph Timms, who plays her horribly corrupt brother Flamineo as a cocky Cockney who cheerfully acts as her pimp, ...

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