REVIEW: “Lobby Hero” at Capital Repertory Theatre

by Roseann Cane In the pristine lobby of a Manhattan high-rise apartment building, we find two security guards, Jeff (Kenny Toll), a good-natured slacker with a mildly checkered past, and his boss, William (Jonathan Louis Dent), a straitlaced, by-the-book pedant exceedingly frustrated by Jeff’s lax manner. William has reached a point where he’s prepared to…

REVIEW: “Twelfth Night” at Shakespeare & Company

by Jenny Hansell   Cross-dressing, mistaken identity, unrequited love, bawdy humor, and a few heart-stopping moments of darkness and deep emotion:  Shakespeare & Company’s hugely talented and appealing company works hard to make every word of Twelfth Night breathe as if freshly written.   Sticking with the play pretty much as written (recent productions in…

REVIEW: “The Royale” at Capital Repertory Theatre

How do you depict a prize fight onstage without the boxers landing a single blow?  In The Royale, playwright Marco Ramirez takes on this challenge, reaching for every theatrical tool in his arsenal to bring to life this electrifying production inspired by the struggles of iconic black heavyweight Jack Johnson.  In Capital Repertory Theatre’s current…

REVIEW: “As You Like It” at Shakespeare & Company

by Jenny Hansell A wooded glade lined with white pine trees in the Berkshires is a perfect stand-in for the Forest of Arden, the setting for As You Like It, the tale of palace intrigue, battling brothers, pastoral comedy and young love now at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox. Duke Frederick has banished his brother,…

Shakespeare & Company Presents “As You Like It” Outdoors in the Roman Garden Theatre

 “Love is merely a madness” – Act III, Scene ii (Lenox, MA) – Shakespeare & Company presents William Shakespeare’s beloved comedy As You Like It, directed by the Company’s Artistic Director Allyn Burrows, who helmed last season’s acclaimed production of The Tempest. The Bard’s madcap story follows Rosalind, played by two-time Elliot Norton Award winner Aimee Doherty, who escapes a threatening world…