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Hawaii Shakespeare Festival

The Hawaii Shakespeare Festival (HSF) has been a mainstay in the local arts community and have recently completed the full works of William Shakespeare. You would think that completing such a mammoth task would be enough, but HSF is not resting on its laurels or achievements. Curious, we pulled back the curtains to find out more as they near the end of another season, and who better to ask than the maestro behind HSF, Tony Pisculli.Congratulations. What was the feeling like when you finally completed the full works ...
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Swapping the Genders of Romeo and Juliet Doesn't Work

Well, golly gee whillikers, you might be thinking to yourself. There’s absolutely no way Katie could write an honest, unbiased review of R&J, a gender-reversed Romeo and Juliet. After all, you think, she has 50 mutual friends on Facebook with someone in the cast!Oh no! You got me. That’s right. I went to college for theater (I know—what a surprise, I love theater so much I wanted to study it in an academic environment). A college in L.A., in fact. A college whose gradua...
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This "Macbeth" Has It's Ups and Downs: SCSF in Pomona

The Southern California Shakespeare Festival, now in its 11th season, makes its home at Cal Poly Pomona. There each summer it utilizes current students in minor roles, current and former students behind the scenes, and Equity actors – both alumni and others – in the major parts of the great Shakespearean plays. As with many such enterprises this gives any production they do an interesting balance of polish and the up-and-coming, which can be either ennobling or a distraction.In their new production of &#...
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Theatre and the Big Beautiful Lie

Last year I took a trip to London, and of course saw lots of shows. Including a stop at the Globe to see Dominic Dromgoole’s production of Julius Caesar, which is the play that first opened the original Globe in September 1599. Shortly afterward, back in LA, I went to the Getty Villa to see Anne Bogart’s staging of The Persians, which premiered in 472 BCE and is considered to be the oldest surviving play. I hadn’t intended it, but the two shows taken together became an interesti...
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Virtue (a fiction)

I was at the hospital to visit a friend who had not long to live. He was a good friend in that we had at points hated each other. I knew terrible things about him, things that would have disgusted a stranger. We had shared triumph and remorse. He was young, but his death would consummate the misery of many who loved him. And since it was not I who had to die, I hoped it would come soon.I had visited with him and was leaving, leaving the trembly ruin of his face and body, leaving the nervous horror of his compan...
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"Who Is It That Can Tell Me Who I Am?"

A society can’t claim perfection until it kills its critics. That is how it knows when to make the announcement.Ask Stalin. Ask Mao. Ask the Americans who assault people at rallies and call for mass deportations – they’re only a little ahead of themselves. Be grateful that they let us see them coming. Act on the knowledge.Critics – bitches, malcontents, squeaky wheels; the people who tell you you’re not doing it right – are half the driving force of progress. Alone, we a...