This week’s video Shakespeare news review includes much ado para nada, improvised Shakespeare and raccoons in the great outdoors (all presented in my “No Museum Shakespeare” teeshirt, available from RedBubble! PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.
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Had a good couple of days writing. Coriolanus section is done, and I’m closing in on the Julius Caesar section.
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Great conversation with my capstone adviser yesterday.
I had been concerned with my progress. The introduction was fine, but as I was getting into writing what I’m calling my “baselining” sections, background information on Rome and the literary theory frameworks that form the foundation of my work, I was getting bogged down…
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No review for today, but rather a preview.
I’m now a part of another show. This one is a world premiere of Fifteen Men in a Smoke-Filled Room, by Colin Speer Crowley. The play concerns the 1920 Republican National Convention that nominated Warren G. Harding on what would become his successful run for the presidency (the run was much more successful than the presidency himself, as he died two years into office, amid many scandals revolving around members of his administration).
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This week’s video Shakespeare news review includes Shakespeare in prison and a boatload of summer Shakes reviews (all presented in new season’s t-shirt from Independent Shakespeare Company!). PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.
Continue reading “The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare news [VIDEO], for the week ending Monday, August 6th, 2018”
On Saturday night, my wife Lisa and I (and my wife deserves kudos for allowing pretty much every summer “date” to be a Shakespeare night) checked out Shakespeare by the Sea’s touring production of The Merry Wives of Windsor in Encino, California.
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All right. Yesterday, I ran a review for Titus Andronicus by Independent Shakespeare Company, currently running in repertory with A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Griffith Park (for freakin’ free, people!).
I urged people to see it, and I provided some spoiler-free rationale why. Today, I want to discuss some of the aspects of the show that make it for me one of the best I’ve seen from the folks at Indy Shakes. So this is your last warning if you don’t want aspects of this production to be spoiled…
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Last night, Lisa and I went down to Los Angeles’ Griffith Park to see Independent Shakespeare Company’s free performance of Titus Andronicus.
For those who have followed this Project, you know how much I love what Indy Shakes does. I dig their diversity and inclusion, in terms of casting, staffing, use of language, and audience outreach. They are pretty much the antithesis of what I hate: Museum Shakespeare… their playfulness with the text–unafraid to make comic and topical references to the crowd–in addition to their use of direct address to, and from within, the audience, make for a wonderful experience that brings 400 year-old texts alive.
And those who know me know that I love this play. I think it’s the work of a brilliant young playwright doing his damnedness to make his audience notice him. And I just find the thing fascinating–thus my use of it in my current Masters thesis…and someday I want to direct the damn beast.
Some might then assume that this would make a positive review of this a fait accompli … a done deal. But with expectations so high, and such investment so personal, the opposite could be a risk.
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A couple of nights back, Lisa and I (and two other couples) took a jaunt down to the Federal Bar in North Hollywood to check out Toil and Trouble Burlesque‘s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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