William Shakespeare

Articles about William Shakespeare and reviews of Shakespeare productions in the Philadelphia area.

“He was not of an age, but for all time!”—Ben Jonson, preface to the First Folio, 1616

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Theater in Sketch: TWELFTH NIGHT (Shakespeare in Clark Park)

Chuck Shultz sketches the al fresco production of TWELFTH NIGHT.

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Mechanical Theater): Spiriting Shakespeare at Laurel Hill

Double dealing, doubling of characters, double entendre and double dating, of a sort, are doubly fun to watch.

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Theater in Sketch: THE RAPE OF LUCRECE (PAC at the Rosenbach)

It was interesting to compare last week’s reading of Shakespeare’s THE RAPE OF LUCRECE at the Rosenbach to the original presentation at the Broad Street Ministry in 2016.

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JULIUS CAESAR (Quintessence): Why must republics fall?

Quintessence Theatre Group explores the Shakespearean death throes of the Roman Republic.

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THE TEMPEST (Lantern): Sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not

Lantern Theater’s production of THE TEMPEST, Shakespeare’s last play, is an enjoyable, modest show, full of comedy and romance and the gentle spirit of human forgiveness.

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2018 Theater Preview: Quintessence Theatre Group

Quintessence Theatre Group of Mount Airy produces contemporary stagings of classic theatrical works.

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TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA (EgoPo): High-spirited and delightfully messy

This musical theater version of Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona, launches EgoPo’s season as a cabaret/fundraiser.

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Fringe in Sketch: I, PEASEBLOSSUM (Curio Theatre)

I, PEASEBLOSSOM was a great character study for me. I wanted to keep capturing the many sides of Brian McCann.

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Fringe in Sketch: PERICLES (Die Cast)

PERICLES presented by Die Cast at the Rotunda makes me look at a pew in a whole other light.

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PERICLES (Die Cast): 2017 Fringe review

Jacobean literature and Shakespearean drama are at their best when they’re steeped in the depraved, vengeful affairs of nobility, and rooted in mythos. The complex, meandering tale of PERICLES depicts…

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LADY MACBETH: UNSEX ME HERE (Company Chordelia and Solar Bear): Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Phindie writer Kathryn Osenlund visited Scotland to see some shows from the home of Fringe.’

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Theater in Sketch: CORIOLANUS (Shakespeare in Clark Park)

The audience gather together on two adjacent hill sides and in the middle is a stretch of grass,

Rudy Caporaso as Hamlet and Susanna Herrick as the Player Queen in REV Theatre Company’s production of HAMLET.

HAMLET (REV Theatre Company): “For the apparel oft proclaims the man” Fashion-forward styling updates HAMLET

REV Theatre Company creates a powerful rendition of HAMLET through scenery and clothing

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CORIOLANUS (Lantern): Succeeding with a Shakespeare many companies wouldn’t attempt

With a strong cast and design wizards the Lantern has made CORIOLANUS a visceral, lively and thought-provoking experience

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ROMEO & JULIET (Media): A Rose of any other name

The lights show a bare stage; the set is two dilapidated buildings with scaffolding. The curtains intermittently change from day to night with a transient light. The place is Verona,…

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HAMLET (Bedlam Theater Company): “Shakespeare’s most underrated comedy” is at McCarter in Princeton

Bedlam’s imagination and the energy of their acting make their production stand out.

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ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL (PAC): A mingled web well woven

PAC’s current production confirms its reputation as the best adaptor of classic works.

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Theater in Sketch: ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL (PAC)

Sketches of William Shakespeare’s ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL from Philadelphia Artists’ Collective.

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Shakespeare Fringe Roundup: Misadventures among the classics

Toby Zinman gives bullet reviews of nine Shakespeare-ish shows in this year’s Fringe.