Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis' 15th season tackles one of Shakespeare's most well known plays, "Antony & Cleopatra," with a bold, lust-filled and politically intriguing production. The tragedy of Cleopatra's last love affair is set among the wars of Rome, at the beginning of the end of the Caesars. The machinations of war are an important theme, but it is the price of love that is central to the story.
The idea of bringing Shakespeare to the streets and directly involving the community in the production is more than admirable; it is necessary to keeping the arts alive and to inspiring generation after generation to keep moving art forward. Shakespeare Festival St. Louis once again takes theater to the people with "Old Hearts Fresh" a modern tail of love and hope inspired by Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale."
Bullying could be considered a kind of “violent delight” (Shakespeare’s words, though that wasn’t his subject) to those who practice it, but they are a cowardly breed. Cyberbullying is a great temptation to young people who have all manner of Facebook/Twitter/Instagram, etc. ways to connect with each other that can allow them, if they choose, to taunt others anonymously.
The plot of Othello is simple enough. An army general, Othello, a Moor, marries above his social station and outside his race. Also, he has chosen a young lieutenant, Michael Cassio, as his second-in-command.
We met last night in the glen, in “thunder, lightning [and] in rain” for the official opening night of The Shakespeare Festival’s The Taming of the Shrew. And, despite it all, the show did go on, though to a considerably reduced audience after a downpour dampened the proceedings about 10 minutes in. But we waited it out, and beginning around 9 o’clock, the show picked up where it left off and ended a tidy two hours later. Considering there was an intermission and we were still out before 11, this “Shrew” has been not only tamed, but also trimmed.