Orange County Theatre Reviews

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-songwriter 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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