Bipolar Hypersexuality: The Psych Drama Company’s “Hamlet”

December 10, 2011

A new fringe company takes on Hamlet with sex and psychology.


Shakespeare Interrupted: Whistler in the Dark’s Stoppard Double Feature

November 7, 2011

Whistler gives us accessible and intellectual theater with a hilarious “Dogg’s Hamlet” and a spooky and riveting “Cahoot’s Macbeth.”


Sadie Hawkins on the Common: Commonwealth Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well”

August 7, 2011

Girl chases boy in Commonwealth Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well.”


“My girlfriend left me and she took her navy with her:” ASP’s “Antony and Cleopatra”

May 10, 2011

Paula Plum and James Andreassi break in the Modern Theatre with Antony and Cleopatra.


Midsummer Dreamscapes: Boston Lyric Opera’s “Dream”

May 6, 2011

BLO closes out its season with a lucid production of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


The Merchant of Wall Street: Theatre for a New Audience’s “Merchant of Venice”

April 6, 2011

I assume Arts Emerson’s program for The Merchant of Venice quotes‘s reporting on Mel Gibson’s notorious antisemitic remarks next to passages by Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt to demonstrate that the antisemitism of Shakespeare’s Venice is still present today and in the “in-the-near-future” setting of this Theatre for a New Audience production at the Cutler […]


The Actors’ Shakespeare Project opens its new retail location in the heart of Davis Square with “Cymbeline”

February 16, 2011

The vacant Davis Square retail space housing the Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s winter festival doesn’t match up to their usual lush digs in Fort Point, which is probably my favorite theater in Boston. Instead of a trendy brick and beam loft space, we get drop ceilings, harsh fluorescent lighting, and the bass line of whatever the […]


An Incomplete Guide to “The Tempest” on Film

January 17, 2011

I haven’t caught Julie Taymor’s adaptation of The Tempest, and by the way it swiftly disappeared from the marquees of local moviehouses (while The Social Network is going on it’s fifth month in theaters), it looks like I’ll be waiting until it leaks on the Internet or shows up in Netflix. I have now seen […]


Actors’ Shakespeare Project goes repertory with the Henriad

October 31, 2010

ASP does Shakespeare’s two part historical epic “Henry IV,” but does all that history really matter?


Audio Slideshow: The Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s “Timon of Athens”

May 14, 2010

Shakespeare & the Coens: “Two Gentlemen of Lebowski”

February 13, 2010

Sometimes a good reading of a good play is just as good as an outright production. A solid cast can do a lot with just simple, tossed-together costumes, bare lighting, copies of the script, and a few music stands. Sets tend to be so minimal these days, that you don’t really notice an utter lack […]


Anarchy in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

January 6, 2010

Just as Peter Quince and his players struggle to represent a wall, moonlight, and a lion for their production of Pyramus and Thisbe, the Actors’ Shakespeare Project and director Benjamin Evett has attempted to turn A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s fecund Green World of fairies, sprites, herb lore, and unreason into something a little more believable […]