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Monday, April 3, 2017

Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Antony and Cleopatra


I just saw a production of Antony and Cleopatra at the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory — and I highly recommend it!

What made this production so special is that it was performed in OP (Original Pronunciation) — all of the actors spoke with the original accent that Shakespeare and his fellow actors would have spoken.

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This is the first time in 400 years that this play has been performed in the accent that Shakespeare spoke!

That should be enough for you to drop everything, and go see this production right away.

If you love Shakespeare, you must see this production.

Even if you have seen Antony and Cleopatra 100 times before, you have never seen a production like this.

The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory is becoming the world’s pre-eminent company as far as OP is concerned. They started with Merchant of Venice in OP two years ago, and they did The Winter’s Tale in OP last year. And they are just getting started, and plan to do at least one play in OP each year.

What is so special about OP? I would say that it brings the words to life like nothing I have ever seen/heard before, with Shakespeare. And even the least poetic of his lines have a charm and warmth to them that otherwise is lost when spoken with another accent.

I will admit that Shakespeare in OP is sometimes a little more of a challenge for me to hear, and understand what is being said. But that is also what is so fascinating, when you watch/hear an OP Shakespeare play, you really begin to focus on the language in a different way. It exercises different muscles, as it were, in your brain.

The OP is also something of a challenge for the actors. Not all of them are as well-practiced as others, and there are varying degrees of skill with this dialogue in OP. But even if you don’t understand every last word of every last line, you still get the gist of what is said, and I was never lost in the play.

The main roles are performed by the most experienced OP actors — this is Valerie Dowdle’s third OP performance. She is as remarkable as Cleopatra as she was as Portia two years ago, and as Hermione last year.

Valerie Dowdle as Cleopatra
(photographs by Will Kirk)

She clearly loves OP and has a lot of fun with the role of Cleopatra. She really gets the different facets of the character — her campiness, her silliness, her histrionics. And by the end of the play, her death is all the more moving. 

Chris Cotterman as Antony

 Chris Cotterman is a great Antony. He is another veteran OP performer — I saw him last year as Leontes, and as Bassanio two years ago. He is a solid leading man, and does an excellent job as Antony, one of the most powerful men in history, who is undone for his love of Cleopatra.

I especially liked how he showed a truly emotional side to Antony, which otherwise could be lost in less capable hands.

The founding Artistic Director of Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, and the director of this production is Tom Delise. He deserves so much credit for staking a claim as the one and only company in the world to consistently explore and re-discover Shakespeare through OP.

Antony and Cleopatra is one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays, even without OP. I applaud Mr. Delise and his brave company for taking this challenge head on.

If you are anywhere Baltimore, I hope you make time to see this incredible production.

Cheers,


David B. Schajer


Friday, March 31, 2017

Shakespeare Solved 5th Anniversary!


Thank you for a wonderful 5 YEARS!

Thanks to all of you, this blog is now 5 years old.

Without you, and without your interest in this blog, I might have stopped writing this a long time ago.

I am thrilled to say that I have many more years worth of material to share with you — with newer and even bigger discoveries!

When I first started this blog, I thought it would only appeal to a small number of people.

But very quickly this became the #1 Shakespeare blog in the world!

This blog has more Internet traffic, more page views, and a larger social media community than any other blog about Shakespeare.

This is the #1 Shakespeare blog in the world — and it’s because of you!

Shakespeare Solved is also getting more popular than ever — more and more people are joining this community each and every day, and traffic to this blog is growing.



I have some VERY EXCITING NEWS to share with you.

After more research, I have discovered new solutions to Shakespeare’s life and plays.

So, I have decided to publish a SERIES OF NOVELS!

These novels will take us back in time — to walk in Shakespeare’s shoes, and see Shakespeare’s world through his eyes.

This series of novels won’t just be the story about a few weeks of his life, or months or years.

No, these novels will tell the whole story of his whole life!

Yes, you will be able to read about how Shakespeare came to London, how he met the most famous and powerful women and men of the age, and how he wrote the greatest plays in history.

Also, you will be able to learn the full truth about his relationships with Queen Elizabeth I and King James.

This series of novels goes through his entire career, with new and exciting insights into each and every play. 

For the first time in history, you will be able to learn why he wrote the plays and what they really mean.

I will be writing more about this very soon. I hope you keep following Shakespeare Solved for more updates about these new novels.

Thank You!

Cheers,




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