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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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…

Company Chordelia and Solar Bear presents Lady Macbeth Unsex Me Here. Credit Maria Falconer (11)

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,…

(l-r) Tom O'Keefe, Edmund Lewis, Eric Tucker, and Andrus Nichols in HAMLET. Photo by Jenny Anderson

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.

Akeem Davis as Bartram. Photo by Ashley LaBonde, Wide Eyed Studios.

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.

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KING JOHN (Revolution Shakespeare): 2016 Fringe review 88

You won’t get many opportunities to see KING JOHN; you’re unlikely to see one as well-rendered as Revolution Shakespeare’s.

Alex Keiper and Dan Hodge in the Arden’s STUPID FUCKING BIRD (Photo credit: Mark Garvin).

STUPID FUCKING BIRD (Arden): A sidesplitting and insightful reinvention of Chekhov

Aaron Posner’s hilarious reinvention of The Seagull captures all of Chekhov’s laughable characters, absurdities of life, and self-references to the theater from a 21st-century perspective.

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The Bastard of KING JOHN: Carlo Campbell on Revolution Shakespeare Fringe offering

Rev Shakes’ annual mainstage productions begin the final weekend of the Fringe and showcase a sensibility at home in the festival

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SHAKESPEARE @ THE BAR: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Margo Jones Syndicate): 2016 Fringe review 43

The Bard, no longer relegated to elite theatrical institutions, has found his way to a popular University City bar.

Anthony Lawton as Don Adriano de Armado and Peter Schmitz as Holofernes. Photo by Lee A. Butz.

LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (PA Shakes): 60-second review

Republished by kind permission from Neals Paper. Lightning, alas, did not strike two years in a row when it came to Pennsylvania Shakespeare’s grand experiment of mounting one of the…

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THE COMEDY OF ERRORS (Del Shakes): 60-second review

The emphasis is on the physical comedy in David Stradley’s production

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Development, Culture, and Community in the Forest of Arden: REV Theatre’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Columbus Square Park

REV invited us to chase characters through the Forest of Arden against a backdrop of South Philadelphia’s urban skyline.