Author: Gary Zeidner

BOULDER WEEKLY: Review: Get your Bard on

Double your pleasure with CSF comedy

(Above: Can-can dancers Spencer Althoff, Paige Canepa Olson, Naomy Ambroise and Mare Trevathan in “The Comedy of Errors.” Photo by Jennifer M Koskinen.)

The BolderBoulder has already bounded by. Cottonwood tufts blanket the ground like allergy-nightmare snow. Thermometers regularly top out in the 90s and with University of Colorado’s students on break, there’s a bit more elbowroom all around the town. It’s early summer in beautiful Boulder, and that means it’s time for one of the nation’s most renowned and anticipated Shakespeare festivals, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF), to once again dazzle denizens of delightful theatre.

That’s right. It’s time to get your Bard on.

This year’s CSF features five plays, four by Shakespeare himself (The Comedy of ErrorsTroilus and CressidaCymbeline, and Henry VI – Part 2) and one starring a fictionalized version of him (Equivocation).

While the argument will rage eternal as to whether Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, tragicomedies or histories are his best work, it’s no secret that audiences generally respond most warmly to the comedies. It is therefore no surprise that the 2016 CSF opens with the classic and ever-popular farce, The Comedy of Errors.

So seminal are the shenanigans found in The Comedy of Errors that Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers and John Ritter (may he rest in giggling peace) arguably owe their careers to it. For thoughThe Comedy of Errors may have been nearly 400 years old when the sitcom Three’s Company first hit the small screen, its fingerprints are all over the misadventures of the Mr. Roper-dodging roommates Janet, Chrissy and Jack.

As is often the case with Shakespeare productions, the setting of The Comedy of Errors has been modernized…read the full review here.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Jun 5-Aug 9, 2020

A Midsummer Night's Dream

By William Shakespeare
Full price: $23-$87

Kick off the season with a summer-long party! In this glam run of Shakespeare’s electric comedy, the paths of four young lovers, some feuding fa...

All's Well That Ends Well

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Jun 19-Aug 8, 2020

All's Well That Ends Well

By William Shakespeare
Full price: $19-$70

A smart and sexy coming-of-age romp set in elegant 1950s France, "All’s Well That Ends Well" introduces audiences to Helen and Bertram—one...

The Odyssey

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Jul 3-Aug 8, 2020

The Odyssey

By Homer, adapted by Mary Zimmerman
Full price: $20-$75

THE ODYSSEY by HomerAdapted by Mary ZimmermanAdapted from the translation of “The Odyssey” by Robert Fitzgerald In Mary Zimmerman’s...

Coriolanus

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Jul 17-Aug 9, 2020

Coriolanus

By William Shakespeare
Full price: $18-$73

Follow the tumultuous career of one of ancient Rome’s super soldiers in Shakespeare’s white-hot war play. An enduring, resonant tale, "Cor...

Pericles

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Aug 2, 2020

Pericles

By William Shakespeare
Full price: $21-$47

Summer’s hottest ticket is the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s Original Practices performance. This summer, revisit "Pericles," the story ...