The Shakespeare Factory Players: The Comedy of Errors. I would see this twice!

The Shakespeare Factory Players: The Comedy of Errors.

Why did I wait to see this show so late in their season. I’d have loved to have seen this performance a second time, just because of the ear to ear smile I left out of the theater with. Part of what made this such fun is that The Shakespeare Factory Players use “original staging practices”. This means the lights stay on, minimal sets are used, they play multiple parts, and they interact with the audience. Which is how Shakespeare would have done it back in the day’s of yore. This is my favorite type of theater, particularly with Shakespeare’s comedies as I am so fond of saying, “Shakespeare didn’t set out to write some high art to be viewed at a distance in some museum. He was writing “Three’s Company” for the masses.”

Which is what I felt about this performance. They completely played it up for the masses. This was the funnest version of The Comedy of Errors I have seen to date.  A big part of that was the fact that the actors all seemed to be enjoying themselves way to much, and looked like they had a lot of fun being up there.  They had an infectious humor that started on the stage and spread out to the audience. The slapstick was well timed, and they definitely didn’t shy away from the bawdiness. They also came off the stage, interacted with the audience, and pulled us into their own improbable world, letting us escape our own for those 2 plus hours.

Now mind you The Shakespeare Factory is not a huge theater company. They’re a small company doing something they obviously love. And a growing company that can use all the help they can get. So’ do yourself a favor, and go check them out and have some fun yourself. Remember, just showing up will help to keep Shakespeare alive in our area. And if you can donate a little more to The Shakespeare Factory, you’d be helping all of us out in the end.

So please free to visit them at: http://theshakespearefactory.com/

Do you know how many Shakespeare plays you have to choose from in the DC area this week? (A shocking answer!)

Do you know how many Shakespeare plays you have to choose from in the DC area this week? SIX!
How cool is it to live in the Washington DC area where you get the choice of SIX Shakespeare plays performing at any one time! And at prices starting at the bargain basement price of $15.00.

Here’s the shows you can catch this week:
Richard II: (DC) Shakespeare Theater Company
Henry V: (DC) Shakespeare Theater Company
Comedy of Errors: (Baltimore MD)  The Shakespeare Factory Players
Measure for Measure: (MD) Baltimore Shakespeare Festival
And a little further out, but well worth the trip
Twelfth Night: (VA) Blackfriars Playhouse Staunton, VA
Henry VI, Part 2: (VA) Blackfriars Playhouse Staunton, VA

I’m looking forward to catching the The Shakespeare Factory Players for the first time this Saturday (Feb. 20th), performing The Comedy of Errors at the amazingly low price of $15.  I’ll also be getting my tickets within the next couple of days  to see Henry VI  at my favorite theater the Blackfriars Playhouse  in Staunton.

See the Marylandshakespeare.com calendar for more details on these and other up coming events.

DISCOUNTED TICKETS $25 Shakespeare Theatre Company: Richard II and HENRY V (I got mine!)

Just got this email below from the Shakespeare  Theatre Company and  snagged 2 seats to see Henry V in Row B for 50.00 for Valentines day! This will be my first time checking out this company, and what a great play to start with. I’d love to see the Richard II also, but that would imply that I’m made of money instead of a rabid Shakespeare fan.  Not to mention my schedule is all kinds of messed up.

(Also Don’t forget  The Shakespeare Factory his doing The Comedy of Errors also this Saturday for $15.00)

2010 Blizzard White Sale – all tickets $25!

Escape the snow with two of Shakespeare’s most famous and exciting history plays. As part of our 2010 Blizzard White Sale, tickets to either show are just $25 each Richard II, tonight (February 11) at 8 p.m. or Henry V, Sunday (February 14) at 2 p.m.

Offer is valid for online sales only:

Tonight: Richard II – $25 Tickets
Sunday Matinee: Henry V – $25 Tickets

Offer valid online only. Subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer. All sales are final, no refunds or exchanges.


Shakespeare Theatre Company
Administrative Offices
516 8th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003-2834

For tickets call 202.547.1122
or visit ShakespeareTheatre.org

Richard II: $10 Snow Special (Normally $70.00!!!) – But stay safe

Just got this email (And my electricity back temporarily I think), this afternoon and I couldn’t dig myself out of the snow. I have snow drifts over 3 feet high so I am STUCK for the night, but maybe someone else might be looking for something to do.  Have fun and be safe!

Shakespeare Theatre Company

$10 Snow Day Offer for Tonight Only!

As they say in theatre, the show must go on! We invite you to join us for tonight’s 7:30 p.m. performance of Richard II with this special snow day offer of only $10 per ticket.

Richard II explores the lavish reign of King Richard as his former supporters abandon him for his charismatic cousin in a politically charged battle for the throne. Director Michael Kahn’s previous examination of this troubled leader was hailed by The New York Times as “an evening of dynamic jolts and surprises.”

Buy Online – $10 Tickets

Offer valid for tonight at 7:30 p.m. only. Subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer or previously purchased tickets. All sales are final, no refinds or exchanges.

Shakespeare Theatre Company
Administrative Offices
516 8th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003-2834

For tickets call 202.547.1122
or visit ShakespeareTheatre.org

MSF: Romeo and Juliet last weekend.

Romeo and Juliet Bare Bard

The Maryland Shakespeare Festival did a really great Bare Bard of Romeo and Juliet last weekend. If you weren’t there you missed something special. And what a bargain with the Bare Bards being only $15. Sure beats $70 for the same seats at one of the larger venues… Of course that $70 buys some REALLY nice costumes and you also get an espresso bar! (But at the MSF you can get a nice coffee mug for $5).

BARGAIN: KING LEAR $10 May 16 & 17 at the Maryland Shakespeare Festival

LEAR copyMan!… I’m going on my Honeymoon starting this weekend and for some reason I thought I’d be back in time for the Maryland Shakespeare Festivals last Experimental Bare Bard of the season, not to mention one of my favorites, King Lear. Some of the best, most liveliest productions I’ve seen over the past year have been the Bare Bards, and I’m actually kinda sad that I’m going to miss this one.

O’ well… My stongest suggestion is, to do yourself a favor and check out this Bare Bard. And remember, if ya got an extra buck or two (Or $10,000 is what they are in need  of?)… Please make a donation and help them out, and the rest of our community in the process… Let’s keep Shakespeare alive.

Link: http://mdshakes.com/performance.html

FREE!! This Weekend “As You Like It” in Olney Maryland

ayli-prod-11Get geared up for this weekend for some FREE Shakespeare! The “National Players”, who happen to be the longest running classical touring company in the United States, will be performing “As You Like It” this weekend in Olney Maryland. I really wish the timing was better (Honeymoon and all) cause I would really  would have loved to check out this production!

So’ don’t let the recession get you down… Pack up the kids and head to Olney.  Hey’ here’s a thought,  ya wanna take someone on a cheap date, AND look cultured at the same time? Then Shakespeare is it, and here is your chance.

Remember’ If you don’t support local Shakespeare, there won’t be any local Shakespeare.

As You Like It May 8 & 9, 7:30 PM.

Link:  http://nationalplayers.tripod.com/index.html

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