ASP director Bridgette Kathleen O’Leary chooses a nuanced approach to Othello that hews closely to the text.
Actors' Shakespeare Project
Rarely are Boston’s stages graced with a Shakespeare production that reaches this high a level of accomplishment.
Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s superb production of God’s Ear honors this beautiful text.
Shakespeare may have written Measure for Measure as a dystopian satire of what it would be like if the Puritans were ever to take over England.
The intriguing notion of a down-and-out clown troupe struggling with a classic text propels this superb production.
“There is a struggle in love in the best of circumstances, and when on top of the daily challenges there are divisions of culture or society or simply of invented categories – well, that does make it all the harder.”
Director Melia Bensussen handles the dialogue skillfully, but she also has an eye for creating vivid stage pictures which reinforce Chekhov’s dramatic themes.
If “Henry VIII” is dramatically lacking when compared to Shakespeare’s other histories, what makes this production worthwhile is the care Actors’ Shakespeare Project has brought to staging it.
Given how rarely “Henry VIII” is staged, any Shakespeare enthusiast worth his or her salt should definitely take in this uneven production.
Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s production is a fine start to the company’s tenth aniversary season and an impressive realization of its founding mission statement — for this company, story and the actor’s craft trump directorial conceits.