Modernizing Shakespeare is an old tradition, but I find it hard to imagine the characters of Troilus and Cressida singing jazz. Not so much because it’s a Shakespeare play, but because the heroes of the Trojan War are just such icons of traditionalism. I mean, is Agamemnon going to do the jitterbug, or something?

I suppose we’ll all have to see at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s production of the play. The reviewer seems to think the non-traditional method is quite effective, and that, while so many modern productions of Troilus and Cressida make themselves about war and not the play’s title characters, Terrence O’Brien avoids that trap.

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is quite well established, so I hope I get to see this production.