SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD
by Andy Weddington
Sunday, 23 November 2014
"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind." William Shakespeare
For this beautiful, chilly desert Sunday morning, a rarity - a plug for our local theatre...
If you live anywhere near, or will soon be visiting, Twentynine Palms, California, then reserve an evening to patronize the theatre - Theatre 29!, that is, and their production of 'Shakespeare in Hollywood' by playwright Ken Ludwig.
In fact, go out of your way to visit our desert oasis, if you can.
Last night's performance?
Well, it was superb - a play (pun intended) on (old English and new English) words and things; comedy, as you might expect; naughty innuendo, of course; drama, absolutely; and a cast of characters who brought life - love and heartache - to the intimate stage.
Shakespeare would have been pleased, I surmise.
Ben Bees as Oberon, King of the Fairies; Elizabeth Schmelling as Puck; and Leonard Weber as Max Reinhardt all captivating in their roles (they always are).
And there were other standouts, too.
Whimsy! Hearty laughter! And thoughtful moments, too.
The story revolves around Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' - enough said.
The only real tragedy in last night's performance was the empty seats. A tragedy indeed! Alas, too, that just should not be.
'Shakespeare in Hollywood' runs through Saturday, 20 December.
Contact Theatre 29! at 760.361.4151 or visit www.theatre29.org for day and show times.
Get to the theatre!
Tell them I referred you. No, I am not compensated; whatsoever. I support the arts! And so should you! Besides, as it came out in the play, Shakespeare was a great American - support him, too.