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BWW Review: Optimist Theatre Embraces Shakespeare and Its AudienceBWW Review: Optimist Theatre Embraces Shakespeare and Its Audience
by Erin Lewenauer - August 26, 2016

You can feel fall. The breaking of a stick. The shattering of leaves. It's unusual to fall victim to this intense experience in the aggressively muggy, unending days of August in Milwaukee. And yet you'll feel this beginning with the first chord of Optimist Theatre's production of Shakespeare's tragedy Julius Caesar, performed 12 times over 3 weekends: August 4-7, 11-13, and 18-21. Free to the public, this marks the program's 7th season, held outdoors at the Selig-Joseph-Folz ampitheater in Alice Bertschy Kadish Park. (more...)
The Public's Free MOBILE UNIT Production of HAMLET Launches TodayThe Public's Free MOBILE UNIT Production of HAMLET Launches Today
by BWW News Desk - August 26, 2016

Continuing its commitment to bringing free Shakespeare to the community and strengthening audience engagement with the arts, The Public Theater will mount its MOBILE UNIT again this fall with a free three-week tour to the five boroughs of Shakespeare's HAMLET, directed by Patricia McGregor. (more...)
HONOR Musical Adapted from Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT Coming Up at Prospect TheaterHONOR Musical Adapted from Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT Coming Up at Prospect Theater
by BWW News Desk - August 24, 2016

Coming up soon! Prospect Theater Company, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Cara Reichel and Managing Director Melissa Huber, and the National Asian Artists Project (NAAP), under the leadership of Executive Artistic Director Baayork Lee and Co-Founder Steven Eng, will present a concert performance of the musical HONOR, with music and lyrics by Peter Mills, and book by Mills and Cara Reichel, adapted from William Shakespeare's As You Like It. (more...)
Drilling Company's Jazz-Infused MEASURE FOR MEASURE Begins This September in Bryant ParkDrilling Company's Jazz-Infused MEASURE FOR MEASURE Begins This September in Bryant Park
by BWW News Desk - August 23, 2016

Bryant Park Presents Shakespeare, part of the Bryant Park Presents series of free performances in the iconic park, concludes its 2016 season with a new production of Measure for Measure, produced by The Drilling Company (of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot fame) and directed by the company's Producing Artistic Director, Hamilton Clancy ('Orange Is the New Black,' 'Billions'). (more...)
Shakespeare's Globe to Return to Exeter Northcott Theatre with TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONAShakespeare's Globe to Return to Exeter Northcott Theatre with TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
by BWW News Desk - August 22, 2016

Following the great success of 2015's Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's Globe returns to Exeter Northcott Theatre, this time with its acclaimed Two Gentlemen of Verona, running Thu 8 - Sun 11 September 2016. (more...)
Song of the Goat Theatre to Bring Song-Cycle SONGS OF LEAR to BAMSong of the Goat Theatre to Bring Song-Cycle SONGS OF LEAR to BAM
by BWW News Desk - August 22, 2016

Song of the Goat Theatre makes its BAM debut with a dramatic song-cycle that distills the plot, characters, and themes of King Lear into a non-linear musical journey. SONGS OF LEAR will run September 28 - October 1 at BAM Fisher. (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Kieran Campion, Pascale Armand and More in LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST at The Old GlobePhoto Flash: First Look at Kieran Campion, Pascale Armand and More in LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - August 19, 2016

The Old Globe presents the final offering in the 2016 Summer Shakespeare Festival: William Shakespeare's unabashed celebration of innocence, idealism, and the sweet folly of young love, Love's Labor's Lost, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall. This delightful romantic comedy will run now through September 18, 2016, in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Opening night is Saturday, August 20. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)
Identity Theater to Stage Reimagined THE TEMPEST at ArtspaceIdentity Theater to Stage Reimagined THE TEMPEST at Artspace
by BWW News Desk - August 19, 2016

Identity Theater, dedicated to providing a place for disabled actors to work will present a reimagining of Shakespeare's final play, The Tempest, running September 9 - 18 at The Underground Theater of El Barrio's Artspace. (more...)
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Launches Exhibitions with the Pulitzer Arts FoundationShakespeare Festival St. Louis Launches Exhibitions with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation
by BWW News Desk - August 18, 2016

This weekend Shakespeare Festival St. Louis will launch its sold-out collaboration with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. We invite you to visit the Pulitzer in Grand Center and explore its exciting exhibitions. (more...)
BWW Review: A True King Rises with KING LEAR at Elements TheatreBWW Review: A True King Rises with KING LEAR at Elements Theatre
by Kristen Morale - August 17, 2016

The truth be told, I have neither read nor seen performed Shakespeare's King Lear, and was therefore as unfamiliar with the plot and its characters as basically anyone can possibly be; I suppose it wasn't mandatory reading when I went to school, for what reason I cannot possibly imagine. Although, I have always loved a good play or musical with traces of a tragic story at its core - a plot that is both trying on the actors and audience and therefore simply beautiful in how you are compelled to react to something with so much depth and significance. Having just seen King Lear at the Elements Theatre Company, not only was I introduced to a new theater in addition to a play I always wished to learn more about, but in such a way that created both a wonderful first impression of and precedent for this - nay, any - future Shakespearean production I plan to see. Even though this show is one of the more tragic ones you are ever bound to see, it really is a true king of a performance to behold. (more...)
BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Mixes Shakespeare's Classic Romantic Comedy with a Rockin' Song ScoreBWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Mixes Shakespeare's Classic Romantic Comedy with a Rockin' Song Score
by Shari Barrett - August 17, 2016

Director Gloria Gifford takes her job of inspiring upcoming stars in proper stage presentation, and above all, I must commend her for making sure each actor in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at TU Studios understood exactly what they were saying so audience members could not only understand the words but also what was being said in terms of the dialogue's meaning. It is the first production of the play in which I could get the meaning of each line, even though the words as written were foreign to modern English. Some of the actors shared with me that Gloria demanded their line presentation and stage movements make perfect sense, and the actors responded with great care. (more...)
Theatre Y to Stage Shakespeare's MACBETH This FallTheatre Y to Stage Shakespeare's MACBETH This Fall
by BWW News Desk - August 16, 2016

Following a yearlong artistic collaboration with French theatre luminary Georges Bigot, renowned theatre company, Theatre Y, presents the inaugural production of the newly formed Theatre Y Ensemble with William Shakespeare's MACBETH, opening October 19 and running through December 4, at the historic Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. (more...)
Full Cast Set for THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS, Featuring Steven Epp at Theatre for a New AudienceFull Cast Set for THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS, Featuring Steven Epp at Theatre for a New Audience
by BWW News Desk - August 16, 2016

Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director, Theatre for a New Audience, announces the complete cast for the New York premiere of The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, the first play in its four-production 2016-2017 Season at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place. (more...)
BWW Review: MIDSUMMER (A PLAY WITH SONGS) at TheaterWorksBWW Review: MIDSUMMER (A PLAY WITH SONGS) at TheaterWorks
by Joseph Harrison - August 15, 2016

When David Greig and Gordon McIntyre's MIDSUMMER (A PLAY WITH SONGS) begins, and Helena (Rebecca Hart) and Bob (M. Scott McLean) enter the stage each with a guitar in their hands, the audience gets an immediate sense for what they are in for - a quirky, funny, frantic, beautiful, and somewhat unlikely love story told through scene and song. (more...)
Bryant Park Presents Shakespeare to Stage Jazz-Infused MEASURE FOR MEASURE This SeptemberBryant Park Presents Shakespeare to Stage Jazz-Infused MEASURE FOR MEASURE This September
by BWW News Desk - August 9, 2016

Bryant Park Presents Shakespeare, part of the Bryant Park Presents series of free performances in the iconic park, concludes its 2016 season with a new production of Measure for Measure, produced by The Drilling Company (of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot fame) and directed by the company's Producing Artistic Director, Hamilton Clancy ('Orange Is the New Black,' 'Billions'). (more...)
BWW Review: CHICKSPEARE Moves, Audience Laughs, Comedy WinsBWW Review: CHICKSPEARE Moves, Audience Laughs, Comedy Wins
by Ellen Dostal - August 9, 2016

The ladies of CHICKSPEARE are back for another summer of Elizabethan improv, this year indoors in their new home at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. It's been two years since I saw them perform on their lovely outdoor patio in Hollywood and I wondered how the experience would compare. I'm happy to report, these Bard broads get funnier every time I see them and the new venue works like a charm. (more...)
Little Theatre of Manchester to Offer Pre-Show TWELFTH NIGHT PicnicsLittle Theatre of Manchester to Offer Pre-Show TWELFTH NIGHT Picnics
by BWW News Desk - August 8, 2016

For select performances of its production of TWELFTH NIGHT, Little Theatre of Manchester will offer a pre-show picnic-style meal outside on Cheney Hall's patio. (more...)
BWW Review: FEAR is a Love Sonnet to Shakespeare at The Callan TheatreBWW Review: FEAR is a Love Sonnet to Shakespeare at The Callan Theatre
by Hannah Wing - August 8, 2016

Comedy. Shakespeare. Theatre. Fear is it all and then some. (more...)
THE SHAKESPEARE REVUE Tour Heads to Cambridge Arts Theatre This MonthTHE SHAKESPEARE REVUE Tour Heads to Cambridge Arts Theatre This Month
by BWW News Desk - August 5, 2016

The Shakespeare Revue, a comic concoction of hilarious sketches and show-stopping numbers written by comedy icons Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett, Maureen Lipman, Monty Python, Noel Coward, Cole Porter, Fry & Laurie and musical theatre favourites, Stephen Sondheim, Stiles & Drewe and many more, returns to the stage with a UK tour as part of the nationwide celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. (more...)
Injured Richard Madden Not Returning to Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's ROMEO AND JULIETInjured Richard Madden Not Returning to Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's ROMEO AND JULIET
by BWW News Desk - August 3, 2016

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company today sadly announced that due to medical advice, Richard Madden will not be returning to the company of Romeo and Juliet before the production completes its run on 13 August. (more...)
ShakesBeer Partners with Amsterdam Brewery at Artscape Wychwood BarnsShakesBeer Partners with Amsterdam Brewery at Artscape Wychwood Barns
by BWW News Desk - August 2, 2016

ShakesBeer is this summer's funniest live comedy, and this year, the laughs come faster thanks to a new partnership with Toronto's original craft Brewery.  The Brewmasters at Amsterdam Brewery will be providing ShakesBeer fans with their finest favourite local beers and small batch Adventure Brews, for the joyous occasion.  (more...)
Shakespeare Dallas to Close 2016 Park Season with THE TEMPESTShakespeare Dallas to Close 2016 Park Season with THE TEMPEST
by BWW News Desk - August 2, 2016

'How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in't!' And how beauteous will the Fall be as Shakespeare Dallas rounds out its 2016 season of Shakespeare in the Park with The Tempest. (more...)
Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT to Play Tarpon Springs Performing Arts CenterShakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT to Play Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - August 1, 2016

William Shakespeare's comedy 'Twelfth Night', directed by Dee O'Brien will play August 11, 12, 13 at 7:30 PM and August 14 at 2:00 PM at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine Street (inside City Hall). (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Cirque-Inspired TEMPEST at Notre Dame Shakespeare FestivalPhoto Flash: First Look at Cirque-Inspired TEMPEST at Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival
by BWW News Desk - July 29, 2016

William Shakespeare's The Tempest will be presented by the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (NDSF) August 16 through August 28. Directed by Cirque du Soleil's West Hyler, The Tempest will perform at Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. (more...)
Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at We Players' Site-Specific ROMEO AND JULIETPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at We Players' Site-Specific ROMEO AND JULIET
by BWW News Desk - July 29, 2016

We Players will present Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet at the historic Rancho Petaluma of Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park in August/September 2016. Continuing nearly 10 years of unprecedented partnership with the National Park Service and Califonira State Parks, We Players will once again integrate a well-loved Shakespeare play into the environs of a national historic landmark. Audiences will enter a 360-degree sphere of performance as We Players blurs the boundary between audience and actor and history and the present, all on the spectacular grounds of Rancho Petaluma Adobe. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast on location! (more...)

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