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Among the pleasures of the London stage scene, which offers a wealth of options even in the dog days of early January, are the illuminating comparisons the sheer volume of material on view can inspire. The casting of Ms. Wanamaker and Mr. Russell Beale — both indisputably middle-aged — as the sparring Beatrice and Benedick is an unusual if not unprecedented choice. Love, it would seem, has long since passed these two by.
April 2, The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, a professional and community-based non-profit theater company, is celebrating its 25th anniversary serving LA by creating accessible theater that builds community in innovative, unexpected ways. As part of this successful fundraiser, Shakespeare Center Los Angeles is auctioning off a speaking role in the show, where the winner will participate in rehearsal, gain admission to the VIP post-show party and take a group photo with the cast, including Wilson, Hanks and Browne, which the cast will all sign. The auction is now open and will close on April 4 at pm PDT. All proceeds from the eBay auction support Shakespeare Center Los Angeles and its nationally replicated summer youth employment and enrichment initiatives targeting young people living under severe economic strains. To reserve your tickets, call or email Lauran lpaevents.
Shakespeare unlike the dollar or Amy Winehouse can claim to have had a very good True, it's hard to remember when he last had a bad year, though there have been years when his fine condition was merely stable and trading in him no more than brisk. But in Bardbiz boomed above-averagely well both on the stage and on the page. And three of the four shows were seriously high-quality as well as ridiculously high-profile a strike rate that is a cause for rejoicing. Meanwhile, under the auspices of the RSC, Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen brought out a new edition of the plays as they appear in the First Folio of ie, in versions that fellow-actors, who had been close to the author, saw fit to see into print. On the interpretative front, A D Nuttall's sadly posthumous Shakespeare the Thinker was a rarity a genuinely searching tribute to Shakespeare's intelligence a phenomenon too often taken for granted by a luminously intelligent critic. His book cogently argues that the desire to co-opt the Bard for this or that "ism" involves a mistaken perception of his creativity.