This year, if you see just one Dickens’ Yuletide story, let it be Chesapeake Shakespeare’s fine set-in-Baltimore A Christmas Carol. It has it all and then some: a nicely scary Jacob Marley’s Ghost (but not too scary for the little folk), lots of music, dancing, good acting, superior costumes, and a lightness and joy to the production.
A large cast of eccentric characters and a convoluted plot involving mistaken identities, a traveling troupe of itinerant actors, sailors, a deserted wife, a lascivious pastor and a virtuous Quaker- Wild Oats has it all, insofar as 18th century audiences were concerned. To judge by this show, too much was simply not enough in those […]
“Give the Public What It Wants”. This mantra of theatrical management goes back a long, long time, and long before he became the Elizabethan age’s Boy Wonder, William Shakespeare wrote a rather standard revenge play to pay the bills and bring in the crowds.
A roundup of some of this week’s theatrical news and notes from Women’s Voices Theater Festival, Everyman Theatre, Chesapeake Shakespeare, Interrobang Theatre, Strand Theatre, L’Enfant Rebelle, Brave Spirits and NextStop Theatre. We’re more than half way through the Women’s Voices Festival (the last play opens October 31st), and it’s abundantly clear that congratulations are in […]
You know something? Shakespeare is funny. This production is a delight, and I am going to recommend it – wait for it- most especially for people who hate Shakespeare. The more you hate hate Shakespeare, the more you’ll be surprised by the knockdown dragout good time you’ll have in this rendition of Much Ado About […]
While not considered one the Bard’s richest works or given the most revelatory treatment, The Comedy of Errors makes for ideal picnic blanket theatre in Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s lively and communal outdoor In-The-Ruins production. Its numerous twists, capers, and broad characters prove a great frame for the company to fill with seemingly every kind of […]
I know what you’re thinking: is Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya just like Life Sucks, except with a bunch of Russian guys? Let me turn the question around for you: do you think that Uncle Vanya could be set in Argentina, or in medieval Turkey, or in the Wild West, with a few adjustments? I do, […]
Inside the gorgeous brick edifice of the new Chesapeake Shakespeare Company home in Baltimore rises another brick edifice, this one made out of flat, painted wood but no less impressive. The handsome facades of both the real and the stage-set buildings suggest a bygone Baltimore: stately, hospitable, civilized. CSC’s new digs are an ideal home […]
Rarely, if ever, would you match up the pop song “Hey Jealousy” by The Gin Blossoms with William Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona. But Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s production of the classic blends in some modern-day elements and the match-up works.
There remains to this day a good bit of controversy regarding the character of Richard III, the historical figure. The Tudors who laid claim to the throne of England when Richard was killed apparently took it upon themselves to cast the darkest of aspersions over his memory.