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Last Sunday, Lisa and I headed down to Los Angeles’ Griffith Park to catch the first half of this summer’s installment of free Shakespeare in the park presented by Independent Shakespeare Company: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by ISC Artistic Director Melissa Chalsma.
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This week’s video Shakespeare news review includes Rush pulling out, McKellen announcing his retirement, an indie Midsummer, and a National Review writer who just needs to lighten up. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.
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Back from Mexico (with gastro issues–hopefully–in my rear view mirror), I headed out to California Lutheran University Saturday night to check out The Two Noble Kinsmen by Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival.
Now, this is a special instance for me:
1) A play I’ve never seen before.
and (more importantly)
2) A play I’ve never read before.
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This week’s video Shakespeare news review includes robots, swapping genders, a return to the park, and the Globe on fire. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.
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Yesterday, Lisa and I checked out this summer’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Theatricum Botanicum. This is the stage company who produced the Coriolanus I saw last week.
And what we have here is a study in contrasts… Where Coriolanus–a tragedy–was heavy, Midsummer was light. Intense vs fun.
No “concepts,” just the play: stodgy Athens, a freeing woods, mechanicals, wood fairies. Stripped down, fast, accessible.
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Lisa and I headed down to Los Angeles to catch Henry IV, presented by the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles in the Japanese Garden at the Veterans Administration complex in Westwood.
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In this week’s “This Week in Shakespeare,” I mentioned the recent release of the latest episode of Slate Magazine’s “Lend Me Your Ears” podcast, which focuses on the nexus between Shakespeare and politics. This episode is focused on the play Richard II and the end of the Elizabethan period.
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Last Saturday afternoon, I went into the hills of Topanga (midway between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley in lovely southern California) to Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum to catch their production of Coriolanus.
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This week’s video Shakespeare news review includes a Shakespearean “crossover” universe, lots of Central Park Othello reviews, and Richard II sparking a rebellion. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.
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So, last night my wife, my son, and I went down to the local multiplex to catch Incredibles 2. (Good film, btw…). During the film, something happened that was…well, a little unusual.
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