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“Caesar Maximus” Strolls & Struggles in Golden Gate Park, at We Players, S.F.

“Caesar Maximus” Strolls & Struggles in Golden Gate Park, at We Players, S.F.

Millennial Notes Shakespeare, Medina, & Roy Invoke a New Female Caesar by Jordan Freed Among the striking Roman columns of the Music Concourse, Julius Caesar feels right at home. Ornate renaissance fountains adorned with sculptures fit right into the world of Caesar’s Rome. “Caesar Maximus”—adapted for We Players by Nick Medina from Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”—feels cinematic, immersed in grand architecture and stirring music. The Soothsayer (Emily Stone) guides us through the world of “Caesar Maximus,” with Libby Oberlin as the…

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“War of the Roses” Makes History LIVE, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

“War of the Roses” Makes History LIVE, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

Shakespeare & Ting Thrust into Present, Spectacularly by Barry David Horwitz Cal Shakes Artistic Director Eric Ting and Dramaturge Philippa Kelly have condensed four Shakespeare plays into one beautiful modern work that leaps off the stage, mingling with the news. Two power-hungry families compete for the English throne. Holy King Henry seems Obama-like—and egomaniac Richard suggests his successor. In Shakespeare’s “Henry VI” and “Richard III” plays, we find murders of brothers and nephews, harassing of wives and sisters, and clashes…

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“Sense and Sensibility” Slides into Town Hall, Lafayette

“Sense and Sensibility” Slides into Town Hall, Lafayette

Kate Hamill Reimagines Jane Austen by Robert M. Gardner Jane Austen’s charming Dashwood sisters thrive in Town Hall’s  latest production,  “Sense and Sensibility.” Hilarity abounds in Kate Hamill’s award winning 2014 comedy, which Huff Post calls:  “The greatest stage adaptation of this novel in history.” We find ourselves rooting for the Dashwood sisters as they search for love and security in an English romance. Hamill whisks us into the antics and hearts of Elinor Dashwood (strong, controlled Heather Buck) and…

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“Mother Lear”—Intimate Glimpse into Dementia, at We Players, S.F.

“Mother Lear”—Intimate Glimpse into Dementia, at We Players, S.F.

Millennial Notes Roy & Walsh Stir Souls with King Lear Mash-Up   by Emily Colby An old woman shuffles onto a bare stage in a beautiful, vintage fur coat and old, raggedy pajama bottoms. Her paper crown glistens in the lights. Everything about her is contradictory. The deep tones of her voice dominate the room, but her unkempt appearance suggests she could blend in with the forgotten homeless on Market Street, just outside. Wrinkled skin and discolored hair show her…

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