Along with All’s Well That Ends Well and Troilus and Cressida, Measure For Measure is often described as one of Shakespeare’s “problem” plays. I’m not sure what flaws academics have latched on to with the first two works, but the main bone of contention when it comes to Measure to Measure is the swings the Bard makes between comedy and tragedy that come across as overly jarring.
Set in Vienna, the play involves all manner of soldiers, prostitutes, nobles and religious officials and involves an illegitimate pregnancy, prison, and even an execution.
Which brings me to Remeasure. It’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s play by University of Regina Theatre professor Katherine Bracht. According to the synopsis I read, it’s set in a modern-day cabaret and involves a critique of contemporary social mores through the lens of pop culture.
Remeasure runs at the University Theatre from Nov. 4-7, with the curtain at 7:30 p.m. each night. You can find out more information on the U of R website.