Entries from THE DRESSING tagged with 'Shakespeare'

The Fierce Love of Antony and Cleopatra

Robert Richmond has created a compelling and engaging production of Antony and Cleopatra for Washington, DC's Folger Theatre. The Dresser saw the October 15, 2017 performance. Richmond has chosen a theater-in-the-round presentation which makes the small Folger setting even more intimate. His costume Designer Mariah Hale dresses up the scenes with vibrant costumes both for the women and the men. The alluring Cleopatra (Shirine Babb) wears eye-catching, form-fitting blue and violet negligees with gold trim. Her women attendants wear gently clinging blue ankle-length gowns while her eunuch wears complementing pajamas both in color and fabric. The soldiers, including Antony (Cody...

Karen Zacarías' Destiny of Desire in 3D

As part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival, the Arena Stage at the Kreeger Theater is premiering Karen Zacarías' Destiny of Desire, a comic melodrama with edge. Zacarías' laugh out loud comedy is based on the telenovela, but specific to the Mexican approach, which in the 1970s and 1980s pioneered using this limited run version of the TV soap opera to shape social behavior, such as influencing people on the ideas of family planning. The Dresser, who saw this two-hour (plus 15-minute intermission) performance on October 2, 2015, says edge because Zacarías embraces a Brechtian and Shakespearean frame. Typically the...

A Midsummer's Night Rave

The Dresser is going on the record to say that Washington, DC's Shakespeare Theatre Company's 25th Anniversary Free For All production A Midsummer Night's Dream that runs from September 1 through September 13, 2015, belongs in the rave category. Shh, she saw the current dress rehearsal of this 2012-2013 revival! Adam Green as Puck is outstanding in how he stands. His body language is cause enough for raving. However, Director Ethan McSweeny has conceived the fight in the forest between the fairy-dusted lovers Hermia (Chasten Harmon), Lysander (Stephen Stocking), Helena (Julia Ogilvie), and Demetrius (Ralph Adriel Johnson) in what the...

Resurrecting Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

"Eternity is a terrible thought. I mean, where's it going to end?" Tom Stoppard Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead premiered on Broadway in 1968. While the bantering dialogue on subjects of life, death, communication, and reality between the principal characters seems clearly influenced by Samuel Beckett's 1953 play En attendant Godot (Waiting for Godot), the Folger Shakespeare Library's production (seen May 17, 2015) under the direction of Aaron Posner brims with current day spirit in such lines as "Fire! I'm demonstrating the misuse of free speech" and in the rapidly delivered poetic chatter that seems much like rap....

The Tempest, Old & New from The Folger Consort

On January 10, 2014, the Folger Consort presented a musical feast drawn from the inspiration of William Shakespeare's The Tempest. What was particularly unusual about this concert was a suite of songs and dances composed by a contemporary composer. In the 1990s, James Primosch composed Songs and Dances from "The Tempest" for the Folger Consort. In a pre-concert talk moderated by Robert Aubrey Davis, Primosch said he never expected to have a second performance. In fact, he felt so certain of this, he rescored the music to eliminate the old instrumentation and has subsequently had the piece played with modern...

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