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William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale @ Vanguard University in Costa Mesa – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Vanguard University is putting on a production of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.  Unlike some other Shakespearean shows I’ve seen recently, Vanguard’s production sticks to a time period appropriate for the piece, making for a costume design scheme that is more realistic and historically accurate.  This straightforward approach keeps the story, but it is somewhat lacking in creativity. Continue Reading

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More Clown Please : William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night , or What You Will @ Fullerton Community College in Fullerton – Review

Written by Patrick Chavis 

As you become more familiar with Shakespeare’s works, you will soon find different trends and concepts explored more then once in different places.  I have always felt Twelfth Night to be the perfect example of this.  Twelfth Night is like a late night paper, the kind a brilliant but procrastinating student writes at the last second in order to graduate.  It’s creative, outside the box and probably a mixture of three or four old ideas–but who cares, because we need to pump out another play and I want to go to the bar!  What makes it even more hilarious, it’s also known under the title What You Will.  Shakespeare already knows he’s shot gunning out another play, but you have to admire his “you’re gonna love it because I’m Shakespeare” attitude.

Fullerton Community College’s production of Twelfth Night, directed by Tim Espinosa, is a unique and extremely comical rendition.  With masterful stage work, design, music and direction we witness a truly professional level throughout a large portion of the production.  The minor flaws with line delivery and a lack of energy at lengthily sustained moments are pretty much remedied in this brave new adaptation. Continue Reading

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The New Swan Shakespeare Festival at UCI – News

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

The New Swan Theatre is an Elizabethan-style theatre.  Transportable and roofless, this theatre provides a sense of an authentic Shakespearean time as it hosts two of Shakespeare’s classics this summer.

 

Macbeth–Known by many as the Bard’s most ominous play, Macbeth is the tale of a Scottish nobleman who is spurred to obtain the throne through malice and treachery.  This gruesome tragedy is a warning to all who would seek power for power’s sake.  July 22nd – August 29th Continue Reading

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Phenomenal Magic, Good Shakespeare : The Tempest @ South Coast Repertory – Review

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(left to right) Manelich Minniefee& Zachary Eisenstat (Caliban) Tom Nelis (Prospero)

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

William Shakespeare’s The Tempest at the South Coast Repertory promised me magic and wonder, which it delivered enthusiastically, albeit single-minded.  Meaning,  I wish all of their actors were as skilled as their magicians.

The story focuses on the usurped Duke Prospero’s quest for vengeance after his brother’s Antonio fails to kill him.  Prospero escapes to an island with magical books and supplies were he becomes a sorcerer residing with his daughter Miranda and his spirit slave Ariel, waiting for his moment of revenge. The play begins with Prospero using his magic to create a tempest ship wreaking the the king and many other royals including Antonio onto his island. From there, we watch the interactions between the spirits and the group of visitors.  Continue Reading

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William Shakespeare’s : The Tempest at South Coast Repertory – Preview

Liz Filios, Joel Davel, Matt Spencer and Miche Braden in South C

Liz Filios, Joel Davel, Matt Spencer and Miche Braden : Courtesy: South Coast Repertory

Written by: Alina Mae Wilson 
 

You can’t go wrong with Shakespeare.  I take that back, it is actually mind-blowingly easy to go wrong with Shakespeare.   It is so unpleasant to watch actors in uncomfortable costumes,  uncomfortably performing their lines, making you feel uncomfortable because you don’t know what they are saying and it’s entirely possible, neither do they. The story follows a former Duke named Prospero who uses sorcery to plot vengeance against the people who wronged him.  So far I’m excited, I always wondered what The Count of Monte Cristo (similar revenge story)  would have been like if Emond Dantes had known witchcraft.

 

I’ve  heard some good things about the special effects that will be showcased in the performance, especially from the creative team responsible for the show.  In their video detailing why this particular production of “The Tempest” stands out from the others, director Aaron Posner calls it “the hardest, the most challenging, and the most…thrilling production” he has ever been part of.  He also went on to refer to his co-director Teller(one part of the magic duo Penn & Teller) as a genius, and that this production has the type of magic Shakespeare wished he had.  Wow. I’m not skeptical, I’m impressed by the obvious passion and fervor that went into this project and I hope it shows.

 

Side note :

Singer song writer Tom Waits also collaborated musically  with Kathleen Brennan on the music.

 

Ticket Info at the website:

http://www.scr.org/calendar/view?id=6891

 

Location & Dates :  

South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

August 29, 2014 – September 28, 2014

 

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