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Chicago Shakespeare Theater – Tug of War: Civil Strife

Tug of War: Civil Strife is the second of Barbara Gaines’ two ambitious Shakespeare trilogies produced for Shakespeare 400 Chicago.  This second set of plays concentrates on the bloody civil wars that resulted when Henry V’s early death led to his infant son Henry VI taking the throne at the age of only nine months old,  provoking a power struggle among the leading nobles, most of them Henry’s kinsmen.  1,078 more words

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09/27 & 29 | Piya Behrupiya a translation of Twelfth Night by Shakespeare

Part of the 2016 Eye On India festival, this award-winning production is a translation of Twelfth Night, and presented as a traditional nautanki folk musical, and filled with beautiful melodies from Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, Combining cruelty with high comedy, and the pangs of unrequited love with Shakespeare’s subtle poetry and exquisite songs, this show is “hysterical and mind-blowing…a two-hour rollercoaster ride.” –The Times of India. 28 more words

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Theater Zuidpool – Macbeth

Zuidpool’s Macbeth begins with a witches’ song. Six performers, stylishly dressed in black and white, approach a collection of instruments and microphones. A droning harmonium, feedback, sampled loops, and jagged percussion frame Femke Heijens’s ethereal opening lines: “All hail, Macbeth!” After several repetitions, the tempo increases, and the song shifts into a chanted chorus of “Thou shalt be king hereafter!” punctuated by chilling witch cackles. 769 more words

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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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