Category Archives: Performances

Reviewsday: BBC’s Troilus and Cressida (1981)

Shakespeare can be boring. There, I said it. Most of his plays–even the darkest ones–include exciting bits, funny bits, and charming bits. Troilus and Cressida, not so much. 

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Reviewsday: @KyShakespeare’s 2017 Bard-a-Thon

For the second year in a row, I enjoyed part of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival‘s annual Bard-a-Thon (see here for my post on last year’s event).

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Reviewsday: Stratford Festival’s The Tempest

From the first moment, the Stratford Festival’s 2010 production of The Tempest, starring Christopher Plummer, made me long even more ardently to attend that hallowed spot near Toronto. Des McAnuff’s direction was outstanding. The stagecraft was incredible. From the opening scene, in … Continue reading

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Reviewsday: Stratford Festival’s Antony and Cleopatra

Oddly, the Stratford Festival’s HD production of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra is listed (on imdb.com and elsewhere) as “humorous” and “comedy.” True, there are some pleasingly light moments in the production, but make no mistake, it is a muscular and … Continue reading

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Reviewsday: A Magical Tempest

I have seen numerous live and screen productions of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, but Cincinnati Shakespeare Company‘s just-completed run of the play was the finest. It was a magical Tempest and a fitting farewell to the cozy confines of their home of twenty … Continue reading

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Reviewsday: RSC’s Love’s Labour’s Lost

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2014 production of Love’s Labour’s Lost, directed by Christopher Luscombe, is a brilliantly conceived and executed adaptation of Shakespeare’s early comedy (planned, as the trailer below shows, to be paired with Much Ado About Nothing, which … Continue reading

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Reviewsday: The Globe’s All’s Well

London’s Globe Theater’s performances of Shakespeare’s plays are the gold standard, even when staging All’s Well That Ends Well, one of Shakespeare’s most dramatically difficult and less popular plays. To modern audiences, the play is confusing and even disturbing. Helena’s … Continue reading

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