In `Coriolanus,' it's all about the fighting

Fierce mother stands out in Shakespeare's story of a tragic general and the futility of war

Shakespeare In Washington

April 22, 2007|By J. Wynn Rousuck | J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic

Just about the only character who comes off well in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Coriolanus is the title character's mother, Volumnia. And in the production at the Kennedy Center - part of the Shakespeare in Washington festival - she comes off better than well. She's a titan.

Negotiating for peace on the Washington stage, Janet Suzman's staunch, determined Volumnia is the type of shrewd, relentless diplomat who could broker treaties on any level - from the family dinner table to the Middle East.

CORIOLANUS / / Through May 6 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington -- $25-$78. -- 800-444-1324 or

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