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Shakespeare’s Globe – The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice is an Elizabethan romantic comedy that time and changing mores, especially attitudes towards Jews and a post-Holocaust abhorrence of anti-Semitism, have transformed into a modern dark tragicomedy. 2,084 more words

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Shakespeare's Globe – The Merchant of Venice

On August 4th, Chicago Shakespeare Theater welcomed Shakespeare’s Globe Theater for a ten-day stand with their touring production of The Merchant of Venice directed by Jonathan Munby. 1,566 more words

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Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks – Twelfth Night

In Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, after having quickly tricked Cesario into straying from Orsino’s prepared speeches of courtship, the Countess Olivia triumphantly declares that the poor Viola-in-disguise is “Now out of your text” (1.5.204). 958 more words

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Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks – Twelfth Night

On August 6th I went to Welles Park with hundreds of other Chicagoans carrying picnic blankets, food, and those little Shakespeare fans to see Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks’ performance of… 1,008 more words

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David Carl's Celebrity One-Man Hamlet


David Carl’s Celebrity One-Man Hamlet
gives us Hamlet through the lens of the wonderfully weird and manic actor, Gary Busey. (The show ran 80 minutes and was staged in the black-box  theatre, Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare.) Nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Buddy Holly in… 914 more words

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David Carl's Celebrity One-Man Hamlet

The first three shows I have reflected on for the City Desk 400 have been about America. The Q Brothers’ Othello: The Remix mapped Shakespeare’s tragedy onto the American hip hop industry, in order to raise questions simultaneously about… 1,948 more words

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A.B.L.E. – Twelfth Night

It is a rare event indeed for any artistic production to elicit unequivocal delight from an audience. Yet that’s exactly what happened on May 28th on the mainstage of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater as Artists Breaking Limits + Expectations (A.B.L.E.) brought their engaging and– above all– joyful production of… 553 more words

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