Friday, December 6, 2013

Are We Living in a Golden Age for Shakespeare Comedy? by Henry Stewart

The Public Theater's Much Ado About Nothing (through December 15) is the third I've seen this year, and while it's not the best, it can stand proudly with the rest, keeping company with exceptionally strong and funny productions. I'd venture to say we're living in an exceptional time for Shakespeareespecially in New York, especially his comedies; the city's actors and directors have mastered a manner of voicing Elizabethean verse in contemporary expression so that the jokes feel like they were written yesterday, the humor fresh despite its age, from Theater for a New Audience in Brooklyn to the Delacorte in Central Park.

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