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Henry V: an awful rewrite

Director Lois Anderson hasn’t just adapted Shakespeare’s Henry V for Bard on the Beach, she has attempted to rewrite it — and the results are a mess. In Henry V, the reckless young Prince Hal of Henry IV, turns into a warrior whose troops slaughter the French at...

As You Like It (most of the time)

It’s wonderful. There are holes in it. But it’s still wonderful. When I first saw director Daryl Cloran’s Beatles-inspired adaptation of As You Like It in its premiere at Bard on the Beach five years ago, I was smitten. Cloran has cut half of Shakespeare’s text and...

Harlem Duet: intriguing, but (for me) muffled music

Something is out of focus here. Maybe it’s me. Djanet Sears’s 1997 script Harlem Duet riffs on Othello — and it takes on a lot. The action of Sears’s play unfolds in three time periods. In the core narrative, we’re in Harlem in 1997. In the event that triggers the...