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Shakespeare(ish)

dance & physical theatre · rogue artists ensemble · Ages 5+ · family friendly · world premiere · United States of America

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JENN SCUDERI CRAFTS certified reviewer June 09, 2015
I really enjoyed this show! It was fun and creative with some absolutely beautiful mask work! The retelling of Shakespeare plays was clever and interesting and at times completely hilarious. I especially loved the Pyramus and Thisbe one-man show as well as the Romeo and Juliet segment. Unfortunately it ran more than 10 minutes over its posted end time which forced me and my group to leave before it ended to get to our next show. This was really disappointing because it was fantastic up until then. It's a great show and I definitely recommend it, however I hope they cut at least 10 - 15 minutes in order to fit it into the posted 70 minutes. Make sure you do not stack back to back shows if you are planning on seeing Shakespeare(ish). ... full review
MEGAN RUBLE certified reviewer June 09, 2015
This show was so incredibly fun to watch! I found the combination of exquisite masks and puppets, and energetic, physically precise actors totally captivating. Good work everyone!... full review
MAISIE BELLOWS June 09, 2015
tagged as: costumes · masks · graffiti · shakespeare · clowns · ophelia · hamlet
The Rogue Artists Ensemble's retelling remixing and mashing up of Shakespeare's work was a JOY! The masks and costumes were colorful and inventive (shower curtains?? inner tubes???) and the actors were charming and delightful! I'm not an expert when it comes to Shakespeare, so I think some aspects (characters) went over my head. But, the scenes with Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet were hilarious retellings of stories I knew well. There was a very tender moment with Ophelia that took my breath away! There were a few glitches in the preview performance including going over time but I'm sure they're aware of it and will be able to tighten things up in the "real" performances. All in all its one to definitely not miss during The Fringe!... full review
JOHN ROME certified reviewer June 14, 2015
This production was fun and creative. I attended the performance with my 12 year old daughter. It was definitely family friendly and a good option for all ages. The bright colored costumes and props along with the fast and frantic pace kept our attention for the whole time. Familiarity with some of Shakespear's most popular plays and characters will help you appreciate the experience more. If you're going with folks unfamiliar with the Bard, you'll want to be ready to explain some of the elements of Romeo and Juliette, MacBeth, Hamlet, and the Twelfth Night among other plays to get some of the humor. The actors are full of energy, enthusiasm and personality. This blended with live music and physical comedy make for an entertaining 70 minutes... full review
MATT RITCHEY June 15, 2015
tagged as: funny · talented · musical
An unsurprisingly great show from the always-good ROGUE troupe with hyper-talented performers doing a wild a funny tour through the works of The Great Bill!! Go!!!!!... full review
GREGORY CRAFTS certified reviewer June 19, 2015
A brilliant visual buffet of clowning and buffoonery. Such innovative and exquisite interpretations of a wide swath of the Bard's work. Among all of the memorable moments featured in this pristine piece of performance art, I'm still chuckling at the bit about all of the one-line roles from the Folio. Don't miss it!... full review
BRANDIE JUNE certified reviewer June 10, 2015
I really enjoyed this show! It was like The Labyrinth meets The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged. My only complaint was that the show ran long when I saw it, so I had to miss the end to see the next show I had tickets for, and I would have loved to see the end.... full review
JOSH HILLINGER certified reviewer June 10, 2015
I also really enjoyed this show. I'm a Shakespeare nerd, and I have plenty of people I have and will be referring, as I know they too will absolutely love it. I think the ideas behind most of the vignettes is great - really fun for a nerd like me. And the songs, the costumes, the props, the puppets are all fantastic visual spectacles, and there are some incredible physical performances. I would love to see this team polish their act and cut some stuff down, but I totally recommend seeing this show. It was a blast, and I definitely consider myself a newborn Rogue Artists fan. I'm also in love with the girl with Violet.... full review
KAT MICHELS certified reviewer June 12, 2015
#SeeItLA - Rogue Artists do a great job of humanizing the work of Shakespeare in their anything but reverent approach to his works. The structure of the show is loose and seemingly lacks polish, but each vignette within is well-rehearsed, and beautifully done so the audience is provided with a lovely mix of silly and on point. The physicality, masks and puppets are top notch and worth seeing the show just for those. Rogue Artists are truly an ensemble, and they work exquisitely together whether they are actively participating in a scene or actively watching a scene. This show is a fun take on Shakespeare with an emphasis on the "ish"! ... full review
BRIGHT EYES PRODUCTIONS June 17, 2015
tagged as: Comedia dell'arte
Comedia dell'arte skits on Shakespearean stories. It's a little slow getting started but once it's rolling, the five performers work very hard...and successfully...to entertain you. If you're a Shakespeare lover, have no fear. It's all kind of goofy fun. Especially notable are both Alex Makardish and Jeremy Hohn, who each do a terrific solo riff, one on the "players" from Midsummer Nights Dream and one on the great Will's one-liners. It's somewhere above "pretty good" and short of "amazing".... full review

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