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William Shakespeare

Twelfth Night

by The Staff August 30, 2012


  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 ...

Shakespeare & Company

Miami Spice

by Ann Morrow July 25, 2012


  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


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


“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


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


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


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 ...