Arabian Shakes’ gets physical with Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’

There is no one way to direct a play written by William Shakespeare. What is thrilling about directing a work by the Bard is that it’s an empty canvas. Stage … Continue reading Arabian Shakes’ gets physical with Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’

Closing weekend for powerful and timely ‘Richard III’ from African-American Shakes

Director Kirsten Brandt is a few days away from closing her first show with the African-American Shakespeare Company, a production of the vicious classic “Richard III.” And to hear the … Continue reading Closing weekend for powerful and timely ‘Richard III’ from African-American Shakes

African-American Shakes is having a late summer Midsummer Carnival

There are plenty of significant marriages that are being worked out in William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” And for San Francisco’s African-American Shakespeare Company, the marriage of the show’s … Continue reading African-American Shakes is having a late summer Midsummer Carnival

Ubuntu’s ‘Othello’ a language of love

Michael Navarra is playing Iago in Ubuntu Theater Project’s production of William Shakespeare’s “Othello.” It is a role that is both mesmerizing and intimidating. But for this particular production, there … Continue reading Ubuntu’s ‘Othello’ a language of love

Review: Berkeley Rep’s ‘Macbeth’ fuses ancient and modern

When it comes time for the banal, yet sanguine pre-show announcement at any theatrical production, it is customary to announce the producing company and the show title with pride. And … Continue reading Review: Berkeley Rep’s ‘Macbeth’ fuses ancient and modern

Review: Strong showcase of Shakespeare’s language in The Pear’s ‘Tempest’

A case can certainly be made that William Shakespeare saved his best play for one of his last plays when writing “The Tempest.” The play is chock-full of passionate language, … Continue reading Review: Strong showcase of Shakespeare’s language in The Pear’s ‘Tempest’