December 4, 2007

Shakespeare, Always in New York

"How many goodly creatures are there here!" - Miranda, The Tempest (bonus points if you know the next line)

I always have it in mind to see every Shakespeare production in New York, because it seems like a goodly project, but it's nearly impossible to keep up with the Bard in New York City. I recently saw the Wooster Group's production of Hamlet (now closed) at the Public Theater. I thought their interpretation was brilliant in several passages but annoyingly distracting in others.

Cymbeline at Lincoln Center just opened to excellent reviews. (Vivian Beaumont)

Also playing: Richard III at Classic Stage Company (136 E. 13th St.) through Dec. 9.

For those who believe Christopher Marlowe wrote some of Shakespeare's plays, take notice that the Red Bull Theatre begins previews of Garland Wright's adaptation of Edward the Second beginning Dec. 11.

Gounod's Roméo et Juliette returns to the Metropolitan Opera on Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. Plácido Domingo conducts.

Also, the Shakespeare Garden in Central Park is open during regular park hours.

Image: WOTBA's photoshopped image of Shakespeare in front of City Hall.

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