Summer’s here and the time is right for Shakespeare (in the streets?)

I love summer. Shakespeare blooms all over town (state, country, world).

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Podcast 165: Interview Special — Melissa Chalsma and David Melville of Independent Shakespeare Company

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This week’s podcast ends an exceedingly long drought, but your patience is rewarded with a jumbo econo-sized interview with Melissa Chalsma and David Melville, the Artistic and Managing Directors, respectively, of Los Angeles’ Independent Shakespeare Company. We talk a bit about the upcoming season which will include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Titus Andronicus.

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Media (not)Thursday: Macbeth by NTLive

Last week, I saw the cinema broadcast of the National Theatre (England) Live’s Macbeth directed by Rufus Norris, and starring Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff.

Some impressions…

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Media Thursday: “The Madhouse” by Toil and Trouble Burlesque

It’s Thursday, and time for a little Shakespeare-related media review. And night before last, I caught the latest burlesque revue by Toil and Trouble Burlesque, “The Madhouse.”

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Media Thursday: plays, plays, and more plays…

As I noted yesterday, crazy week. So for today’s Media Thursday, here are some recommendations for local SoCal/Ventura County theatrical entertainment…

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As Shakespeare said, “WTF?”

OK, I had every intention going into the weekend to see Macbeth in Ojai–and then to review it as part of this week’s Media Thursday. Alas, the best-laid schemes of mice and men… Macbeth was only available for a matinee, and given I was kicking off my “Shakespeare for Actors” course (teaching, not taking) on Saturday, that made the Scottish play a virtual non-starter. But I was itching to catch some local theater, and so Saturday night, I ventured off to Camarillo Skyway Playhouse (where I had left just 7 hours earlier after the end of said Shakespeare class) to catch the opening weekend of Sylvia by A.R. Gurney.

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Media Thursday: Macbeth by Great Lakes Theater at Hanna Theatre, Cleveland OH

OK, so I’m trying to get back into a weekly rhythm (yeah, good luck with that). And thus, it’s Thursday and I want to get back to some media discussion. Last Saturday, while I was on my PCA trip, I took in Macbeth at the Hanna Theater in Cleveland, Ohio…

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See this show: All’s Well That Ends Well by Independent Shakespeare Company

OK, this is a rushed entry (will explain in a minute), but one that needs to be said:

If you are within driving distance of Los Angeles, you need to see Independent Shakespeare Company’s All’s Well That Ends Well, in their new Studio theater through April 22.

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Friday (non)Film Focus: Something Rotten at the Ahmanson Theater (theater review)

Yesterday was my 26th anniversary with my wife Lisa. And my wife, knowing me all too well, said we should see a show to celebrate, and so off we went to the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles to see…

Something Rotten!

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