Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s production of Birdy is at its best when it focuses on the play’s central relationships.
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Richard III is a deft, gripping version of Shakespeare’s vision of malevolence, staged with verve and vision.
For all of its sound and fury and smoke, the CSC’s version of King Lear is solid rather than surprising or exciting.
There are laughs in this production of Twelfth Night, but the romantic payoffs are scarce, perhaps because the sit-com rhythms tend to swamp all else (including some of the poetry).
Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus” deals with the difficultly of recognizing superiority at a time of radical social breakdown, specifically when it is democracy that is in extremis.
The likable Commonwealth Shakespeare Company staging leans very heavily on the comedy in ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, minimizing the Bard’s melancholic undertow.