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Arden/Everywhere – Baruch Performing Arts Center, New York

(Arden/Everywhere) (Baruch PAC) (NYC) (c)Russell Rowland

Writer: William Shakespeare Director & Adaptor: Jessica Bauman Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers New Feet Productions’ adaptation of As You Like It highlights the international refugee crisis with its staging of Shakespeare’s classic tale of exile and hidden identity. Hinting at modernity but with no tangible time period, the production creates a sense of timelessness amid a set consisting of wooden pallets ...

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Ninagawa Macbeth –  Lyric, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer:  William Shakespeare Director: Yukio Ninagawa Reviewer: Joan Phillips If you think you have seen enough versions of Shakespeare then Yukio Ninagawa’s spectacular Macbeth is a wonderful reminder how his plays can be reinvented and resonate across different generations, and different cultures. There seems to be some sort of spiritual fit between Japanese classical culture and Shakespeare: the tragic themes; hand to ...

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Coriolanus – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

A man is talking to a group of men

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Angus Jackson Reviewer: Catherine Lyon A brutal landscape of cold, rattling metal, civil anarchy and the imminent threat of bloodshed. This is where the Royal Shakespeare Company’s latest production of Coriolanus opens. Delivering on its promises, the production offers its fair share of gore, sword fighting and unbridled masculine rivalry. Set against the harsh angularity of ...

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Makbet – Sure We Can, New York

(Makbet) (Sure We Can) (NYC) (c)Troy Hahn

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor: Dzieci Theatre Director: Matt Mitler Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell As part of their 20th anniversary season, Dzieci Theatre brings their Roma-infused version of Shakespeare’s bloodiest play to a seemingly unlikely venue—a recycling center in Bushwick. Staged in a shipping container, Makbet is a bare-bones production with no recorded sound, minimal props, costumes and lighting, and a ...

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Shakespeare’s Will – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Vern Thiessen Director: Marianne Gaston Reviewer: John Kennedy Nuanced, elegiac in its embrace, empathic in tone and essential humanity, writer Vern Thiessen describes the conceit of his using Shakespeare’s documented Will, as ‘a springboard for his imagination.’ Rain, brooks and rivers washing down to the sea remain a translucent canvas for revisited imagery and symbolism throughout the performance and he plunges ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Scott Bellas Designer: Sam Curwen Reviewer: Ron Simpson In Northern Spark Theatre and Bite My Thumb’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream we are promised a late 1960s staging, complete with comedy, sensuality and physicality. The period is potentially an excellent fit with Shakespeare’s  most druggy play, but the match-up works intermittently, though, pleasingly, much more ...

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The Comedy of Errors – Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Peter Stickney Musical Director: Alex Beetschen Choreography: Darren Royston Reviewer: Janet Jepson There’s something special and magical about watching a theatrical production in the open air, and there are few better places to do it than Harlow Carr Gardens near Harrogate. The setting is perfect: a level area for the stage surrounded by an assortment of ...

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Reduced Shakespeare Company: William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged) – Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

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Writers: Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor after William Shakespeare Reviewer: R. G. Balgray All the world’s a stage, of course. And Shakespeare – well, he’s the majority stockholder, isn’t he. So the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged), presently showing at the Gilded Balloon, is clearly on to a winner. In fact, it’s a win-win proposition. It takes ...

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