The Tempest

O Brave New City that has such talent in’t

One of the occupational hazards of a theatre critic is seeing the same plays over and over again. This is especially true of Shakespeare’s more popular plays, particularly the romances, whose setting are the outdoors and are regularly staged at summer Shakespeare Festivals. Usually, the productions are draped in concepts and gimmicks but rarely do I go to a production, where the language occupies center stage and successfully carries the play. This weekend, New City Theatre, opened The Tempest, which should be the standard by which all other Shakespeare plays should be measured. All the actors were of the highest vocal caliber, and used the text expertly to communicate to the audience.


Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Teenagers playing Teenagers in Romeo and Juliet

Seattle’s Young Shakespeare Workshop presented Romeo and Juliet at the Seattle Outdoor Theatre Festival in Volunteer Park at something called the Conservatory Lawn, but is really a natural stage made by the low-lying branches of a Cedar tree. The length of the play illustrated an important principle about outdoor theatre: Never go over two hours and preferably get it down to 60 minutes.


A Midsummer Night’s Fantasy

Fun, Mischief and Music in the Forest

Focusing on the mysticism in the forest scenes of A Midsummer Night’s Dream composer Celeste Axelson, adapted Shakespeare’s play, presenting an outstanding creative endeavor, which enthralled the audience both with its music and ethereal visual effects.


Julius Caesar

Julius Ceasar by The New Shakespearience Strategizing with Shakespeare Would you like to reconsider the plot of Shakespeare’s tragic history



Innovative Hamlet with a Female Lead, PWYC Tonight!!!!!

New City Theater’s collaborative founders John Kazanjian and Mary Ewald

team up again to tackle HAMLET, with Kazanjian directing and Ewald playing


Cast Members

All’s Well that Ends Well—The Abridged Version

Backyard Bard’s production of their abridged version of Shakespeare’s All’s Well that Ends Well provided an energetic showcase for the four actors who played all the parts. Director Marc “Mok” Moser, however, should have kept a scene that made the ending intelligible.

The Synopsis: Helena is in love with Bertram, who is not interested.


Love’s Labour’s Lost

Not Shakespeare’s Most Popular Play

Love’s Labour’s Lost is not very frequently produced and with good reason. It is mostly just one long conversation, involves references to dated political situations and literary allusions and is overly long

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