Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I read Falstaff as a rollicking combination of Kramer, Jerry, and George from Seinfeld. Like Kramer, he is the eccentric clown. Like Jerry, he's a wit with cool distance. And like George, he's selfish, dishonest, devious, pathetic (a man of temptation--but what tempts you?). Depending on the setting, the context, and the characters he shares a scene with, the different sides of his self emerge.