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Much Ado About Nothing

by The Staff August 7, 2013

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  Barrington Stage Company’s Julianne Boyd directs this production of one of the Bard’s best-loved comedies. How “best-loved” is it? Aside from the near-constant theatrical productions, there have been two splashy big-screen versions of Much Ado ...

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Love’s Labour’s Won

by Laura Leon June 26, 2013

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  Joss Whedon, noted mastermind behind TV hits like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and megaflicks like The Avengers, goes softer, yet more urgent, with his modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Set in Santa ...

Love’s Labour’s Lost

by The Staff June 20, 2013

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  This early Shakespearian comedy begins with three male royals swearing off the company of women for a year so that they can pursue academic study. This, of course, falls apart immediately (and comically) when they ...

Shakespeare & Company

As You Like It

by The Staff March 6, 2013

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  Mistaken identities, rampant cross-dressing, a raucous fool and star-crossed lovers—these are all familiar elements of Shakespearian comedy. And all of these are on hand for As You Like It, in which romance is threatened by ...

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Twelfth Night

by The Staff August 30, 2012

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  Viola loves Orsino; Orsino loves Olivia; Olivia loves Viola, who, we should probably mention, is disguised as a man. There’s also a villain, and a missing twin brother, lurking about somewhere. Yes, we’re in the weird ...

Albany Civic Theater

Spells Cast, Spells Broken

by James Yeara August 2, 2012

At its best, Shakespeare and Company’s The Tempest is best critiqued by the playwright: “This is a most majestic vision, charming and harmonious” . . . “something rich and strange” . . . “Now I ...

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Miami Spice

by Ann Morrow July 25, 2012

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  It’s unlikely that pink flamingos were part of the set design for Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night during its Elizabethan run, but for this season’s production by Saratoga Shakespeare Company, flamingos, and panama hats and Salsa music, ...

Congress Park

The Common Touch

by James Yeara June 27, 2012

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The scene suggests Chekhov: Three sisters enter one after the other, their late-Edwardian dresses trailing across the floor. Their matching hats create a halo for each, and their white elbow-length opera gloves lend a statue’s ...

Shakespeare & Company

King Lear

by The Staff June 14, 2012

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“We have seen the best of our time: machinations, hollowness, treachery, and all ruinous disorders, follow us disquietly to our graves.” That may read like a Paul Krugman observation on the political response to our failing ...

Shakespeare & Company

Much Ado About Nothing

by The Staff February 9, 2012

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Benedick and Beatrice love each other but don’t want to admit it. Claudio and Hero love each other but are tricked into an acrimonious parting. What will happen? As Much Ado About Nothing is Shakespearian ...

Schacht Fine Arts Center

Man Is But an Ass

by John Rodat November 10, 2011

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Director Roland Emmerich’s film Anonymous is about as successful an argument that Edward de Vere is the true writer of Shakespeare’s plays as his earlier film Godzilla is a successful argument that . . . ...

Radio and Juliet

by The Staff October 19, 2011

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What do Shakespeare, Radiohead and a Slovenian ballet company have in common? Radio and Juliet. Choreographer Edward Clug has translated the Bard’s saga of star-crossed love into a spare contemporary ballet, touched with the isolating chill ...

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