What are the critics saying about Shakespearean performances this week?
On Taming of the Shrew: “This is the famously vexed Shakespeare comedy that can leave playgoers raising those same brows, perturbed by the sexual politics of a piece suggesting from its very title that women are there to be domesticated. Just how uncool is that?”
On Twelfth Night: “But the goofy goings-on don’t hide the transcendent performance of Mary Volpe-Dawson as Viola, the shipwrecked twin brought to Illyria by a kindly ship captain (Eric Hedberg).”
On King Lear: “William Shakespeare’s King Lear begins with Lear ignoring the natural order of family inheritance by deciding to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters before his death…”
On Richard III: “Like its villainous titular character, Richard III limped into Balboa Park in June and remains running in a circle at the Old Globe. (stops typing, to himself) Too, hard an opening. (deletes text, types) Lindsay Posner’s modern dress production of Richard III starts with an explosion of mylar confetti.”
On the other hand, what do bloggers think?
An all female cast for Shakespeare: “Sarah Bernhardt played Hamlet, Fiona Shaw has played Richard II and Kathryn Hunter was King Lear, but they were surrounded by men on stage. While all-female productions of Shakespeare are frequent in North America, they are still a rarity in the UK.”
Naughty Prince Harry and Shakespeare’s: “Thanks to Shakespeare, we know that royal princes named Harry tend to be a little wild in their youth, and even when they grow older.”
Demystifying Shakespeare, Acting for Adults: “The September class, Don’t Fear Shakespeare is an 11 hour class designed to demystify Shakespeare and make his works accessible to a modern audience.”
A Shakespeare Machine: “This fall, Shakespeare’s own words will fly up to the heavens — wrested from their original meanings and contexts — as part of a new installation by artist Ben Rubin. The literary artwork will hang from the ceiling of the refurbished Public Theater, which unveils its renovated New York building on October 4. But is mashing up Shakespeare blasphemous or thought-provoking?”