Review: Broadway San Jose’s ‘Something Rotten’ entertains, yet falls a bit flat

In the history of theatre, we have learned that William Shakespeare was a lot of things – namely a playwright, director and poet. What we didn’t bank on was that … Continue reading Review: Broadway San Jose’s ‘Something Rotten’ entertains, yet falls a bit flat

Baker relishes the thrill of the Will in Broadway San Jose’s ‘Something Rotten’

If you were William Shakespeare, how full of yourself would you be? You’ve written 38 plays and 154 sonnets that have shaped, and in many cases, invented the English language. … Continue reading Baker relishes the thrill of the Will in Broadway San Jose’s ‘Something Rotten’

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’