Measure 4 Measure 4 play

immersive theatre · stories & makebelieve · Ages 15+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by ALEX ALPHARAOH
June 14, 2017 certified reviewer

tagged as: Fun! · experiemental · funny · courageous

What I liked

It’s Shakespeare! What’s not to like??? I loved the experimental approach to a socially relevant and humorous take on Shakespeare, which serves as a reflective mirror towards our current state of affairs in the country.

What I didn't like

I wish it was longer. I wish there was more interaction and play with the cards. I feel that people who are not familiar with M4M might get a bit lost at times if they’re not paying absolute attention, especially when the actors change characters.

My overall impression

I loved this show. Anne Brashier and company take risks in this adaptation of the Bard and turn it into a socially conscious and important piece of theatre that entertains and creates opportunities for dialogue after the show. Using an all female cast that play all of the roles, it creates a beautiful juxtaposition that transcends time when you consider that Shakespeare wrote plays in a time when women were not allowed to perform and all the female roles were done by men. The actors were courageous and never broke character in spite of being surrounded by kids playing, transients walking, a homeless guy talking to his beer can, they simply used it and allowed the stimulus to further their convictions as the characters. This was a great piece of theatre with a message, plus, proceeds go to helping out planned parenthood. Anne’s tie-in with PP and the Bard was pretty genius as well. Bravo!

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