SCRAMBLING SHAKESPEARE: Rob Walsh, Jonathan
Miller, and Jed Peterson (left to right) deliver all 37 of the
Bard's plays in less than two hours in 'The Complete Works of
William Shakespeare (Abridged),' a madcap romp opening Princeton
Summer Theater's 2004 season at the Hamilton Murray Theater on
the Princeton University campus through July 4.
Some purists might have a problem with this one.
After all, when three actors present Othello as a hip-hop
trio, a backwards version of Hamlet, the bloody Titus
Andronicus as a cooking show with the rapist served as the
main course and literal "finger" food for the audience, and all
16 Shakespearean comedies combined into one, there might be something
lost from the originals. Whether the Bard in his grave is spinning
in horror or rolling in laughter is up for question. Beyond question,
however, is the fact that if audience members are willing to suspend
all expectations of seriousness along with their disbelief, they
will find these three young performers very funny and in
a relentless, Monte-Python style very entertaining.
WAITING ... FOR WHAT?: Estragon (Ed Staats)
and Vladimir (Julia Ohm) are waiting for Godot to come ... or
night to fall, in rehearsal for Westwind Repertory Company's production
of Samuel Beckett's minimalist and mysteriously modern 'Waiting
for Godot,' playing at The Hun School Theatre on Edgerstoune Avenue
through June 26.
There's no lack of void," declares Estragon (Edward
Staats) in Westwind Repertory Company's production of Samuel Beckett's
Waiting for Godot, playing for one more weekend at The
Hun School in Princeton. Mixing comedy and tragedy, vaudeville
and metaphysics, this existentialist drama does indeed invite
its audiences to peer unblinkingly into the void of existence.