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Mattie Hawkinson (as Penthea), Josh Carpenter (as Orgilus), Gregory Isaac (as Bassanes). Photo by Shawn May.

THE BROKEN HEART (Quintessence): Dark matter

Melancholy John Ford was more ‘himself’ and less ‘Shakespearean’ than other less bold Cavalier dramatists.

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WILDE TALES (Quintessence): Where the WILDE things are

Oscar Wilde once wrote to a friend that his two books of fairy tales were intended “partly for children and partly for those who have kept the childlike faculties of…

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MACBETH (Philly Shakes): Blood should have blood

This is a solidly accessible MACBETH, with comprehensible delivery and an easy-to-follow story—the kind of Shakespeare you go see with your high school class.

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LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (Revolution Shakespeare): 2015 Fringe review 61

A clever new take on Shakespeare’s early romantic comedy imparts the flavor of 1960’s-70s Americana with live country-rock music and a multi-talented cast of actors/singers/musicians.

Charlie DelMarcelle (the Lord) and Leonard Kelly (Sly) in Delaware Shakespeare Festival’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Photo credit: Alessandra Nicole)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Delaware Shakespeare): The people’s choice!

Shakespeare’s comedic battle of the sexes was the audience choice for this year’s outdoor summer production by the Delaware Shakespeare Festival.

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre): What fools these mortals be!

Philly Shakes’ production isn’t afraid to embrace the wonderfully silly and naughty aspects of Shakespeare, and the approach works like a charm.

The ensemble of Delaware Shakespeare Festival’s HAMLET (Photo credit: Alessandra Nicole)

HAMLET (Delaware Shakespeare Festival): “’Fore God, my lord, well spoken . . .”

While “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” something is wonderful in the state of Delaware! With its unsurpassed examination of the human condition, profound emotions, and exquisitely beautiful language, HAMLET is considered by many (myself among them) to be the world’s greatest play by the world’s greatest playwright.