Shakespeare

Feb. 1 Book Review: Presenting Shakespeare

Title cover for "Presenting Shakespeare," a book of poster art for the Bard's plays staged over the years

Presenting Shakespeare, preserved as poster art

But this handsome collection of 1,100 posters from The Bard’s plays is much more than a coffee table book

By Wayne Myers

Breast-like twin celestial orbs brazenly fill a dark forest night sky in Ryszard Kaja’s poster for Teatr Wielki w Poznaniu’s 2007 performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s incidental music to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream…

July 11 DruidShakespeare: The History Plays

Charlotte McCurry, Clare Barrett, Rory Nolan, and Aisling O'Sullivan in DruidShakespeare. Photo by Matthew Thompson

The Death of Kings: ‘DruidShakespeare’ at the Lincoln Center Festival

Ireland’s Druid Theatre Company returns to the Lincoln Center Festival with an ambitious adaption of the Bard’s history plays

By Joseph Whelan
Contributing writer

Some of the best theater I have seen in the past decade has come from Ireland’s Druid Theatre, the Galway-based company with the tiny home down a cobblestone alley and an outsized international reputation…

July 11 Glimmerglass: Macbeth

Eric Owens as Macbeth and Melody Moore as Lady Macbeth in The Glimmerglass Festival's 2015 production of "Macbeth" (photo: Karli Cadel)

Glimmerglass Festival’s ‘Macbeth’ a vocal triumph fit for a king

Eric Owens roars and Melody Moore soars in the company’s first-ever production of the Verdi masterpiece

By David Abrams

Shakespeare’s Macbeth may have murdered his way to the throne, but in the new Glimmerglass production of Verdi’s operatic adaptation of the tragedy Eric Owens appears to get there on the sheer power of his colossal bass-baritone…

Mar. 28 SU Drama: Measure for Measure

By any yardstick, SU Drama’s ‘Measure for Measure’ stacks up well

Director Celia Madeoy takes the Bard’s 400-year-old play out of a purely academic context and makes it relevant

By Malkiel Choseed

It is almost considered a right of passage for drama students to stage a Shakespearian play. That they have chosen this particular play, Measure for Measure, to test and sharpen their skills brings about a whole other level of difficulty. The students and staff of SU Drama, however, have risen the to the challenge admirably, creating a visually stunning, fast paced and well-acted production…

Oct. 11 Met simulcast: Macbeth

Anna Netrebko, now a dramatic soprano, shines in the Met’s dark and murky ‘Macbeth’

The former lyric soprano holds up well — and survives the intrusive close-up camerawork of the ‘Live in HD’ transmission

By David Abrams

Ever since the September 24 opening of the Met’s current production of Verdi’s Macbeth, critics have been pretty much unanimous in their acclaim for Anna Netrebko’s portrayal of the iconic Lady Macbeth. The praise is well deserved, all the more so considering the transformation of vocal timbre she had to undergo to prepare for this role. By the time of Saturday’s Live in HD simulcast, about the only question remaining was how the Russian superstar would withstand the intense scrutiny of the close-up camerawork…

Commentary: The 39th anniversary of a ‘Twelfth Night’ classic

The ‘Twelfth Night’ you will probably never see

Peter Gill’s Royal Shakespeare Company production of ‘Twelfth Night’ opened on August 22, 1974 at Stratford-upon-Avon: 39 years later audiences are still finding it hard to accept the play as a strange and erotic masterpiece

By Wayne Myers

Promoted as a “sexual musical,” the nudity-filled Let My People Come…