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Tag Archives: Shakespeare William Shakespeare The Bard of Avon The Bard Billy Shakes

Instant Replay: Mendelssohn’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Online by the SF Ballet

SF Ballet brings back last year’s winning show for a not-quite-perfect online presentation.

Saturday, 30 January, 2021 · Leave a comment

What Dances shall We have: Mendelssohn’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at SF Ballet

SF Ballet’s gorgeous remount ‘Midsummer’ only lasted one night, which somehow seems appropriate.

Wednesday, 11 March, 2020 · 2 Comments

‘The Tempest’ on a Trapeze: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Amaluna’ in San Francisco

The Bard’s “stormy” story is the basis for Cirque du Soleil’s latest grand spectacle.

Sunday, 10 November, 2019 · 1 Comment

Happy if She were Nappy: Thoughts on the Greatest X-Man

When the MCU reboots the ‘X-Men’ film series, here’s the one change they NEED to make.

Friday, 14 June, 2019 · 4 Comments

Silly Shakespeare Double-Feature: ‘Caesar Maximus’ by We Players AND ‘War of the Roses’ by Cal Shakes

Two of the Bay Area’s best companies make the same miscalculation when adapting The Bard.

Friday, 7 September, 2018 · Leave a comment

Stuff so Flat and Dull: ‘Hamlet’ at ACT

Bad decisions at every turn torpedo ACT’s production of Shakespeare’s most famous text.

Thursday, 28 September, 2017 · 2 Comments

Desperate ‘Measure’: ‘Measure for Measure’ at Cal Shakes

Shakespeare and sexual politics collide in Cal Shakes’ version of one of The Bard’s infamous “problem plays”.

Saturday, 23 September, 2017 · 1 Comment

Like, Totally Killer!: ‘MacBitch’ by The Breadbox

Knowing when to forego Shakespeare proves the ultimate winning move in the final show from Breadbox Theatre.

Thursday, 3 August, 2017 · 1 Comment

One Wacky ‘War’: ‘Shakespeare or Space Wars’ by Peripatetic Players

The Bard bumps up against blast doors in this hilarious new comedy from the Peripatetic Players.

Thursday, 27 July, 2017 · Leave a comment

‘Midsummer’ Lovin’: ‘Midsummer of Love’ by We Players

Sex is the name of the game in WE Players’ bawdy new take on The Bard’s most famous comedy.

Monday, 26 June, 2017 · 1 Comment