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Macbeth — Villanova Theatre at Vasey Theatre

Although passages are cut and the story is framed to be a close comparison of the men who might rule Scotland in James J. Christy’s production of “Macbeth” at Villanova … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Romeo and Juliet — Quintessence Theatre Group at Sedgwick Theatre

Alexander Burns infuses the Quintessence stage with energy and romance via his bold, wise use of cinematic techniques in his brilliant and moving “Romeo and Juliet.” Early in Shakespeare’s play, … Continue reading

October 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Pericles — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Fashionable though it has become to gush over experimentation and bask in “process,” my firm and decided preference is for the polished and finished. I don’t mind seeing a play … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Henry V — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

The more personal and intimate Matt Pfeiffer’s production of “Henry V” for Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is, the better it is. Among Shakespeare’s history plays, “Henry V” always seems most to … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Taming of the Shrew — Delaware Shakespeare Festival in Rockwood Park

Bucolic Rockwood Park, with its greenery, meadows, and mansion on the hill, provides the perfect setting for a show set in sunny Italy but costumed by Kayla Speedy to suggest … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Midsummer Night’s Dream — Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre

Color, strings, sparkling light, balloons, and evocative shadows introduce Carmen Khan’s production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre. Khan’s approach to the classic is reminiscent of … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Rape of Lucrece — Wilma and Philadelphia Artists’ Collective at Wilma

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Dan Hodge has joined some estimable company. His stirringly moving recitation of Shakespeare’s poem, “The Rape of Lucrece” is a bona fide piece of theater that…

April 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hamlet — Wilma Theater

For years, I have collected “Hamlets,” going hither and yon to see any production I could find. By now, I’ve seen more than 100 renditions of Shakespeare’s story about the … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Taming of the Shrew — Lantern Theater

Padua and environs are lighthearted places in Charles McMahon’s lively, intelligent production of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” for Lantern Theater. McMahon, set designer Lance Kniskern, and costumer Mark … Continue reading

April 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Macbeth — Arden Theatre

Ian Merrill Peakes’s Macbeth at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre shows less ambition than dissatisfaction. Nothing is ever good enough for him. He can’t be content with what he has. When Banquo … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

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