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Measure 4 Measure 4 play

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

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June 11, 2017 certified reviewer

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A loose, fun, experimental romp through a lesser-known work of Shakespeare that deals with slut-shaming, the perversion of justice, and womens’ (limited) reproductive choices in timely way. This adaptation is framed as a strange sort of card game, with “rounds,” and audience members occasionally called upon to offer cards from the hand they’ve been dealt. The moments of audience participation are fun and unexpected (funexpected?) and include a hilarious fake pamphlet. The space provides a relaxed vibe and a kind of intimacy as the small number (max 10) of audience members are shuffled and reshuffled (LIKE CARDS) around the grassy picnic area. The actors switch roles frequently (characters are identifiable by simple costume pieces) and each is adept, by turns funny and heartbreaking as they command our attention with Shakespearean prose interwoven seamlessly with song lyrics, famous movie lines, and profanity. They make it look easy.

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