(Charles Isherwood’s article appeared in The New York Times, 6/30.)

Righteousness probably doesn’t rank too high on any list of the qualities that people find seductive. Nobody tunes in to a televangelist in search of an aphrodisiac, I’d be willing to bet.

But as we have all learned the hard way, watching in dubious thrall as one politician after another has fallen from grace, there’s no limit to man’s perversity when it comes to the question of sex. And as embodied with radiant grace by Danai Gurira in the absorbing new production of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” that opened on Thursday night at the Delacorte Theater, holiness does indeed have a weirdly bewitching appeal.


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