Through October 1, 2017
CPH’s ‘Shakespeare in Love’ finds its muse, and then some.
To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here.
A combination of farce, comedy, drama, tragedy and historification, “Shakespeare in Love” delights. It makes for a joyful start to CPH’s 2017-2018 season. And, yes, there is a dog!To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.
The romantic comedy 'Shakespeare in Love' is so full of love and joy, seeing its most passionate moments play out on the Cleveland Play House stage brings tears to the eyes.
The play, running at the Allen Theatre, stars the highly charismatic Charlie Thurston as penniless young Will Shakespeare opposite the luminous Marina Shay as Viola de Lesseps, the wealthy, literate beauty who becomes his muse.
To see a full review of this show, read Kerry Clawson's review here.
There's a creative input of no less than three scribes, too many and too underdeveloped characters, all-too-brief moments of inspired dialogue that seem to come out of nowhere, jarring shifts in tone -- and slogging alternate narratives that lose steam long before a charming theater-festival-style epilogue makes the bewildered audience wish even more there had been a deserving play preceding it.
From the opening salvo of the gang of actors taking over the theatre to the heartfelt finish where Shakespeare delivers an ending soliloquy this show has it all. Much like well done live Shakespearean performances it is a lively mix of comedy, romance, tragedy, pathos and lighting quick insults. This is great viewing for the entire family whether a fan of the Bard or not.
To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.
The handsome set and costumes designed by Lex Liang, the seamless choreography by David Shimotakahara and the lush sound by designer and composer Jane Shaw serve to make the entire production feel far more substantive than the script allows it to be.
To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's review at Cleveland Scene
Well! What a dazzling season opener for the Cleveland Play House’s 2017-2018 season! Director Laura Kepley’s Shakespeare in Love is a delicious messy mélange: part love story, part musical comedy, part wordplay (with a little sword play thrown in for good measure), part shaggy dog story (including the dog), and overall, ambitious fun.
To see a full review of this show, read Laura's posts at Cool Cleveland.
In terms of my heart, I'm in deep like with this show, a feeling puncturated by flutters of lust. But you know what they say--you never forget you first.
To see a full review of this show, read Andrea Simakis' blog or visit Cleveland.com here.