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Monday, 19 March 2012 23:14

Slap shtick

So you're directing a script by a young playwright who obviously has a feel for what works on stage, for how to build a scene, how to set things up for physical comedy.

Published in Theater Reviews
Friday, 04 November 2011 00:00

'Anonymous' Eloquently Speaks Volumes

Plunging into the centuries old debate concerning the authorship of Shakespeare's plays, Anonymous envisions its subject in ways that would delight the legendary bard. For this 16th century period piece mixes love and adultery, loyalty and betrayal in immensely entertaining and intricately complex ways. Explicitly arguing all art and artists are political, it ties Shakespeare's plays and world to bracing drama.

Published in Film Reviews
Thursday, 03 March 2011 00:16

Summer lovers, some are not

At Washington University's Performing Arts Department, Director Henry Schvey, his designers, and his cast have mounted a very clear, well-spoken and attractive production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, a comedy and fantasy that is one of Shakespeare's perennially most popular plays.

Published in Theater Reviews

When I first learned The New Jewish Theatre was planning a production of Romeo & Juliet set in 1947 Palestine (under the British Mandate), it sounded like a fine idea. The family's conflict, vague in origin in the original play, is a given: The Montagues are Jews and the Capulets are Arabs. So how did it go so far off the rails? Let me count the ways.

 

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