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Review: In Colorado Shakespeare Festival's Henry V, Benjamin Bonenfant Rules

1 year ago by Juliet Wittman
Long before Brecht, long before postmodernism, Shakespeare understood the usefulness of self-referential moments in theater — those moments when the audience is reminded that what they’re seeing is a fiction, a construct. At the very beginning of Henry V, the Chorus cautions us that we’re in a theater and apologizes...
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Best Performance by an Actor in a Shakespeare Play

Ben Bonenfant in Henry V

No contest here. Benjamin Bonenfant was magnificent in the role of Henry V, one of those complex figures that can be interpreted in many ways. Henry's been played as a hero on a white horse, the embodiment of England's patron saint, St. George. But that ignores some of his uglier actions, as well as the unnecessary war of conquest he initiates. Bonenfant managed to embody all these contradictions fully, and it was enthralling to watch him going through the king's changes of mind and heart. Bonenfant's Henry was so original, right, tough, supple and intelligent that he made the role entirely new.
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Big knight: The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival

2 years ago by Juliet Wittman
The Merry Wives of Windsor isn't one of Shakespeare's best plays. I read somewhere that it was written in response to the desire of Queen Elizabeth I to see the fat knight in love, and the plot is slight. This Sir John Falstaff isn't the one we know from the...
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The Tempest is both magical and mundane at the Shakespeare Festival

2 years ago by Juliet Wittman
Prospero in The Tempest, now receiving a checkered production at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, rules over a magical island — magical in a way that only the Elizabethan imagination, which saw dragons and sea serpents inhabiting all unknown territories, could summon up. Prospero is the rightful Duke of Milan, but...
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Dava Sobel's And the Sun Stood Still shines at BETC

3 years ago by Juliet Wittman
The shining strength of Dava Sobel's And the Sun Stood Still — which is currently receiving its world premiere in Boulder — is that, at a time when the sciences have been so muddied by sloppy thinking, willful ignorance and financial pressure, it provides insight into the scientific process and...
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Review: Ambition Facing West Explores the Notion of a Nation

2 years ago by Juliet Wittman
My friend Geoffrey Stern, who taught international relations at the London School of Economics, used to try and tease out of his students a definition of the word "nation." Was a nation simply its physical boundaries? A group of people living under a specific government, or with a common language...
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2 years ago by Juliet Wittman
And the Sun Stood Still. The shining strength of Dava Sobel's And the Sun Stood Still is that, at a time when the sciences have been so muddied by sloppy thinking, willful ignorance and financial pressure, it provides insight into the scientific process and eloquently communicates the sheer beauty of...
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When We Are Married is funny but won't fill seats

4 years ago by Juliet Wittman
J. B. Priestley was one of England's most respected writers, turning out novels, essays, reviews and plays until the Angry Young Men of the 1950s — playwright John Osborne chief among them — arrived in a firestorm of fury, working-class rebellion and critical acclamation as the future of theater, and...
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A quality cast and crew can't save Local Theater's debut production

4 years ago by Juliet Wittman
Elijah: An Adventure starts with an arresting visual image: a group of people posed on a dock in attitudes of farewell while a great liner prepares to head out to sea. On the deck stands Elijah, a Jewish kid from Brooklyn, seventeen years old and about to embark on a...
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This year's Romeo and Juliet at CSF is the best in years

5 years ago by Juliet Wittman
When I think about the Colorado Shakespeare Festival's Romeo and Juliet, the predominant image is of Jamie Ann Romero as Juliet, longing to consummate her startlingly sudden marriage and leaping onto the bed, arms outflung, to implore the night, "Give me my Romeo." At this point, she doesn't know that...

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