California Shakespeare Theater

From left, Aysan  Celik,  Jomar  Tagatac and Justin  Howard appear in California Shakespeare Theater’s ambitious “The War of the Roses.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

Cal Shakes’ actors bring ‘Henry VI,’ ‘Richard III’ to life

When it comes to Shakespeare’s history plays, “Henry VI” has always been…

 

Emilio Delgado, foreground, plays the title character in California Shakespeare Theater’s “Quixote Nuevo”; in the back, from left, are Gianna DiGregorio  Rivera,  Juan  Amador, Carlos Aguirre and Amy Lizardo. (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

Cal Shakes’ ‘Quixote Nuevo’ fanciful yet inconsistent

In California Shakespeare Theater’s production of Octavio Solis’ gorgeous tapestry of a…

 

From left, David Graham Jones and Rowan Vickers appear in California Shakespeare Theater’s “Measure for Measure.” (Courtesy Jana Marcus)

Cal Shakes’ ‘Measure’ measures up

Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure,” traditionally considered a comedy, is a hard play…

 

From left, Jessika D. Williams, Maryssa Wanlass and Patrick Russell are charming in California Shakespeare Theater’s “As You Like It.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

Cal Shakes’ lively ‘As You Like It’ kicks off 2017 season

There was rapture in the air on opening night of “As You…

From left, Jessika D. Williams, Maryssa Wanlass and Patrick Russell are charming in California Shakespeare Theater’s “As You Like It.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
California Shakespeare Theater’s “Othello” has a fine ensemble, including: seated (from left) Liz Sklar, Aldo Billingslea and Elizabeth Carter and, standing (from left) James Carpenter and Lance Gardner. (Courtesy Allesandra Mello)

Cal Shakes brings ‘Othello’ to 21st century

The cast assembles in everyday street clothes, looking like they’ve just arrived…

California Shakespeare Theater’s “Othello” has a fine ensemble, including: seated (from left) Liz Sklar, Aldo Billingslea and Elizabeth Carter and, standing (from left) James Carpenter and Lance Gardner. (Courtesy Allesandra Mello)
From left, James Carpenter, Safiya Fredericks, Denmo Ibrahim, Anthony Fusco, Rami Margron, Lance Gardner and Stacy Ross are excellent in California Shakespeare Theater’s innovative adaptation of “Much Ado About Nothing.” (Courtesy Alessandra Mello)

Cal Shakes’ cross-gender ‘Much Ado’ both funny and deep

If you’ve been attending theater in the Bay Area for any length…

From left, James Carpenter, Safiya Fredericks, Denmo Ibrahim, Anthony Fusco, Rami Margron, Lance Gardner and Stacy Ross are excellent in California Shakespeare Theater’s innovative adaptation of “Much Ado About Nothing.” (Courtesy Alessandra Mello)
Danny Scheie, left, and Liam Vincent make comic magic in all of the roles in California Shakespeare Theater’s “The Mystery of Irma Vep.” {Courtesy Kevin Berne)

Cal Shakes stages wild, wonderful ‘Irma Vep’

The weather was clear and balmy for last weekend’s opening of “The…

Danny Scheie, left, and Liam Vincent make comic magic in all of the roles in California Shakespeare Theater’s “The Mystery of Irma Vep.” {Courtesy Kevin Berne)
Foreground, from left, Tristan Cunningham and Sean San Jose appear in California Shakespeare Theater’s “Life Is a Dream.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

Spain’s dramatic Golden Age comes to light in Cal Shakes’ ‘Dream’

The California Shakespeare Theater has built its reputation on works by its…

Foreground, from left, Tristan Cunningham and Sean San Jose appear in California Shakespeare Theater’s “Life Is a Dream.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
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Women rule in Cal Shakes’ evocative ‘Twelfth Night’

A huge black coffin sits on an otherwise empty stage in director…

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COURTESY KEVIN BERNENicholas Pelczar (second from left)

Magical ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Cal Shakes

If it’s magic you want, director Shana Cooper’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”…

COURTESY KEVIN BERNENicholas Pelczar (second from left)
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Cal Shakes’ ‘Pygmalion’ captures Shaw’s spirit

Romanticized in the 1938 film version (with screenplay by the author) and…

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COURTESY KEVIN BERNEDanny Scheie sparkles as Dromio in Cal Shakes’ “The Comedy of Errors.”

Cal Shakes’ ‘Comedy of Errors’ doubles the fun

If you’re looking for a good reason to see the California Shakespeare…

COURTESY KEVIN BERNEDanny Scheie sparkles as Dromio in Cal Shakes’ “The Comedy of Errors.”
COURTESY KEVIN BERNEFrom left

Cal Shakes stages classy, classic ‘Raisin in the Sun’

The hopes, dreams and struggles of the hard-working Younger family are as…

COURTESY KEVIN BERNEFrom left
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7 women shine in ‘Twelfth Night’

One of the big hits of this year’s New York theater season…

COURTESY JAY YAMADAFrom left
COURTESY KEVIN BERNEFrom left

Cal Shakes hits SF for unplugged ‘Twelfth Night’

California Shakespeare Theater’s new production of “Twelfth Night” is being presented this…

COURTESY KEVIN BERNEFrom left
Omoze Idehenre

‘Winter’s Tale’ misses magic

“A Winter’s Tale” comes together uneasily in the new California Shakespeare Theater…

Omoze Idehenre
Andrew Boyer

Cal Shakes gets Wilde with 'Windermere'

Good is good, but bad is better in "Lady Windermere's Fan." Oscar…

Andrew Boyer
Anthony Fusco and Sharon Lockwood are superb as brother and sister Vanya and Sonia in Berkeley Repertory Theatre's production of the Tony Award-winning "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike."

Wild and crazy history lesson at Cal Shakes

Sacagawea's there. So are Lewis and Clark, Jackie Robinson, and several U.S.…

Anthony Fusco and Sharon Lockwood are superb as brother and sister Vanya and Sonia in Berkeley Repertory Theatre's production of the Tony Award-winning "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike."
Courtesy PhotoGood times: Omozé Idehenre and Aldo Billingslea appear in California Shakespeare Theater’s snappy “Spunk.”

Zora Neale Hurston stories sing at Cal Shakes

The music is sharp and sassy. The dance numbers jump and jive.…

Courtesy PhotoGood times: Omozé Idehenre and Aldo Billingslea appear in California Shakespeare Theater’s snappy “Spunk.”
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Cal Shakes’ production of ‘The Tempest’ is an enchanting delight

There’s magic, onstage and off, in the new California Shakespeare Theater production…

Courtesy PhotoThere’s magic