Update: Well, that had its moments, but if you're going with glitter confetti in the auto da fe, there can be no half measures.
Update 1/23: Staatsoper reports 459,000 views of Don Carlo livestream.
Schiller and Verdi tell us power corrupts, but John Webster, Thomas Middleton and their drinking buddies would probably say what corrupts absolutely is just the act of being born, so you might as well poison, stab, and screw (in that combination or any other) as many people as possible, and anyway it's all in good fun. Andrew Dickson muses on the present theatrical ubiquity of Jacobean tragedies. The New York metro area's next opportunity for gleeful exploration of vintage vice will be Cheek by Jowl's Tis Pity She's a Whore, which comes to BAM in March.
Before the Jacobeans' reckless abandon there was Shakespeare's military-political meatgrinder. The Arts Desk has a review of the new film adaptation of Coriolanus. Reviewer Matt Wolf says it's all down to Fiennes and Redgrave. (I'm in just for John Kani, because there really is a world elsewhere.) Over at The New Yorker, Richard Brody is less enamored.