REVIEW: “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at Shakespeare & Company

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July, 2006 I usually hate to go out on Saturday night because then I miss my Brit-coms on PBS, Tony Simotes colorful and hilarious production of The Merry Wives of Windsor more than made up for my loss. Merry Wives is the ultimate Brit-com, and Benny Hill would have…

REVIEW: “King John” at Shakespeare & Company

by Gail M. Burns, AUGUST, 2005. “John, John, bad King John,Shamed the throne that he sat on…” Thus begins a poem by Herbert and Eleanor Farjeon that was my childhood introduction to this monarch. The illustration that accompanied it showed John, knees akimbo, posed as if ready to flee the…

REVIEW: “The Comedy of Errors” at Shakespeare & Company

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August 2004 I went to the theatre expecting a kind of rock ‘em sock ‘em robots production and I was not disappointed. The Comedy of Errors is not Shakespeare’s best play, but mercifully it is his shortest. Two hours of frantic slapstick performed by talented folks wearing…

REVIEW: “The Valley of Decision” at Shakespeare & Company

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, June 2002. Dennis Krausnick, who has adapted two dozen of Edith Wharton’s prose works for the stage, has labored mightily and transformed her 1902 novel The Valley of Decision into two and a half hours of densely philosophical musings that may or may not be a play.…

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