NY Shakespeare Exchange: The Sonnet Project Sonnet #28 Castle Clinton, Battery Park, Manhattan


Christopher Piazza


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Episode cast overview:
David Blatt David Blatt
Sara Ruth Blake Sara Ruth Blake
Meg Scanlon


Sonnet 28 reflects on the opposition of day and night, and how both find ways to make the speaker sad for not being with the one he loves. Shakespeare is removed from his beloved, and he sees a conspiracy between night and day: they wish to torment him with a day of toil and a night of restlessness. He tries to quiet both by telling them that his beloved youth makes them more glorious by just existing. But this has no effect and he is forced to continually reflect on his own sorrows, as during the day he cannot be with the youth for all his working, and at night cannot sleep for continually thinking of him.

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17 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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S1.86: Sonnet #28: Jarring and abrasive to watch, but this tone does fit the piece well
23 November 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

One of the selling points of short film series on the internet, is the idea that they are short and can be digested on the go; in particular I remember one of the things about this project being that it puts Shakespeare in the pockets of people waiting for buses, or having a few minutes to kill. Despite this though, the music and the tone of sonnet 28 is such that I probably should not have watched it early in the day before my coffee. The film has a very dramatic tone to it and I was a little shaken by how this comes across in the music and in the look of the piece.

The sonnet sees a man tortured day and night by the distance from the one that he loves. To show this we have a man restless in a park late at night; he is trying to find some peace in his memories of a beautiful day with a beautiful woman, but instead he has both a spotlight and darkness on him. In terms of how the piece is delivered I actually liked it a lot; the music and disruptive spotlight convey a sense of torment which give energy to the words. The lead actor David Blatt looks suitably frantic and tussled, and his delivery of the text suits this. The sound is okay – not great but not too bad considering the nature of the shoot.

The use of light is quite impacting in terms of the spotlight torch being used; it does feel a little low-rent at first, and it did jar me when it happened, but I liked it as it fitted the text – particularly when used as a backlight. The music is not to my taste and again was part of the film feeling a bit jarring, but it did work because again it fitted that felling of torment and not being able to get peace.

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