Category: Theatre review

  • Galatea (Treehouse Shakespeare Ensemble) @ The Wharf Studio

    Galatea (Treehouse Shakespeare Ensemble) @ The Wharf Studio

    Much of John Lyly’s Galatea riffs on individuals learning who they are while being forced to present themselves as something they are not: nymphs who’ve been magically made to fall in love, girls dressed as boys to avoid a ritual sacrifice of virgins, boys temporarily becoming apprentices to unsuitable masters. Self-identification, throughout the play, becomes […]

  • The Duchess of Malfi (Treehouse Shakespeare Ensemble) @ The Wharf Loft

    The Duchess of Malfi (Treehouse Shakespeare Ensemble) @ The Wharf Loft

    ‘I account this world a tedious theatre’ spat the Duchess (Rachel Louis). If Shakespeare’s Jacques imagines the whole world as a stage where people can play their parts, then Webster’s Duchess is tired of performing. In Treehouse Shakespeare Ensemble’s Duchess of Malfi, directed by Chase Fowler,the metaphor was literalized as an abandoned theatre came to […]

  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Treehouse Shakespeare Ensemble) @ The Wharf Loft

    The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Treehouse Shakespeare Ensemble) @ The Wharf Loft

    Perhaps there’s no such thing as Free Love. Treehouse Shakespeare Ensemble’s small-scale production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona sought to tackle the contradictions in the play by setting it in Italy’s turbulent 1970s, where the rustic old world met the cosmopolitan fashion scene, and the hippie movement bumped up against the influence of the […]

  • Much Ado about Nothing (Shakespeare Theatre Company) @ Sidney Harman Hall

    Much Ado about Nothing (Shakespeare Theatre Company) @ Sidney Harman Hall

    This review is of a preview performance. The conceit for Simon Godwin’s new Much Ado about Nothing for Shakespeare Theatre Company (his second of the year, after this summer’s production at the National in London) was ripped straight from the beloved 2005 Shakespeare Re-Told BBC adaptation. Like that film, this production was set in a […]

  • The Duchess of Malfi (Red Bull) @ The Red Bull Theater (via livestream)

    The Duchess of Malfi (Red Bull) @ The Red Bull Theater (via livestream)

    A group of music stands stood arranged on the Red Bull’s thrust stage, and actors emerged to sit on either side of the stage, ready to play. The concert-style environment offered a fascinating set-up for a reading of Duchess of Malfi that made intricate use of its performance constraints. Filmed live with multiple cameras, and […]

  • Une Tempête (American Shakespeare Center) @ The Blackfriars Playhouse

    Une Tempête (American Shakespeare Center) @ The Blackfriars Playhouse

    Where, in the ASC’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Sarah Fallon’s Prospero was rarely seen without her staff, for James Keegan’s Prospero in the company’s revival of Aimé Césaire’s Une Tempête, it was the megaphone that was the indispensable prop. Slung around his neck when not in use, the megaphone came into play as the […]

  • Pericles (American Shakespeare Center) @ The Blackfriars Playhouse

    Pericles (American Shakespeare Center) @ The Blackfriars Playhouse

    An Actors Renaissance Season show may not have a director, but Pericles has a handy stage manager in Gower. Annabelle Rollison’s Chorus (unnamed in this production) burst onto the stage following the pre-show announcements to introduce the fable of Pericles to the rest of the ensemble, who assembled around her as a rapt onstage audience. […]

  • The Tempest (American Shakespeare Center) @ The Blackfriars Playhouse

    The Tempest (American Shakespeare Center) @ The Blackfriars Playhouse

    The Tempest, as Lynne Magnussen argues, is full of interruptions. For a play full of artifice and prepared show, it also insists on breaking up those shows, disturbing them, whether interrupting Miranda and Ferdinand at chess, having a harpy overturn a feast, or prompting Prospero to disrupt the masque he himself created for his daughter […]

  • Macbeth (Treehouse Shakespeare Ensemble) @ The Wharf Loft

    Macbeth (Treehouse Shakespeare Ensemble) @ The Wharf Loft

    ‘The night has been unruly’ remarked Lennox (Madison Rudolph); ‘’Twas a rough night’ agreed Macbeth (Kailey Potter). The lines resonated as an audience huddled together in the loft space of The Wharf; the planned outdoor opening of Treehouse Ensemble’s Macbeth in the garden of Rose Terrace had been scrapped as the rainstorms swept inland by […]

  • King Lear (Cincinnati Shakespeare Company) @ The Otto M. Budig Theater

    King Lear (Cincinnati Shakespeare Company) @ The Otto M. Budig Theater

    The world is a binfire, and in Brian Isaac Phillips’s production of King Lear for Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, the binfire came with a Shakespeare quotation. ‘Hell is empty, and all the devils are here’, graffiti attribution to one ‘WS’, adorned one of the oil drums that stood on the stage, an indictment by an impoverished […]