A couple of weeks back, Lisa and I caught Kingsmen Shakespeare Love’s Labor’s Lost on its final weekend, so I really didn’t get to properly give it a push (or rather give readers a push to go see it). Well, it’s happened again: this time we caught Independent Shakespeare Company’s always FREE production of Measure for Measure this past Thursday. And it closed last night.
I would have loved to write about it for Saturday’s blog (then at least people could still catch one of two remaining performances), but for some reason, I couldn’t wrap my head around the experience (seriously).
Last night, Lisa and I caught Love’s Labor’s Lost by Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival at the start of its closing weekend on the campus of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. Now, those of you who have been around since (near) the beginning of this project probably know how I feel a out Love’s Labor’s Lost. Not a huge fan (it ranks down in the lower quarter of my favorite plays). People who’ve been around nearly as long also know how I feel about Kingsmen. A big fan.
On Tuesday, I took a break from writing about Shakespeare to seeing some Shakespeare. But not exactly as you’d expect. I headed down to LA to catch Toil and Trouble Burlesque’s The (unrequited) Love Show.
Another early summer Friday, another new release. Out in the world, it’s Tom Cruise and his Mummy reboot. For us, a not-review of Cymbeline.
[NOTE: when I do the reviews revue–see what I did there?–I view the videos all in the same month if possible (Macbeth with its slew made it a little difficult). I don’t technically review anything I haven’t seen recently..thus, what follows is a “not-review”]
OK, so last night, I hopped in the car and headed down to my old stomping grounds at UCLA to catch the National Theatre Live cinema broadcast of the recent production of Twelfth Night, from the Olivier Theatre in London, with Tamsin Greig as Malvolia. And yes, that’s Malvolia.
In 1984, as part of the seventh and final season of its Collected Works series, the BBC broadcast its version of Pericles, directed by David Jones, who had done The Merry Wives of Windsor in Season Five (that phrasing would have been better if this was the “bawdy” post). This play, like Timon of Athens, last time around, was one of the handful the BBC had never adapted for the screen.
This week’s podcast takes us off the beaten path of play-centric discussions and heads north to Ashland for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and its five (count ’em) Bard-composed productions–The Winter’s Tale, Timon of Athens, Hamlet, Richard II, and Twelfth Night. Plus, I want to address some other, not-so-cool stuff happening in Ashland.