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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Twelfth Night

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Jun 7-Aug 11, 2019

Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare
Starting at $19

Ring in the summer season with an uproarious comedy about thorny love triangles, mistaken identities … and a pair of twins lost at sea. Wh...

As You Like It

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Jun 21-Aug 10, 2019

As You Like It

By William Shakespeare
Starting at $18

After fleeing home to escape political persecution, Rosalind finds herself hiding in the countryside among a boisterous cast of characters, making une...

Romeo and Juliet

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Jul 7-Aug 10, 2019

Romeo and Juliet

By William Shakespeare
Starting at $18

From the moment Romeo and Juliet first meet, they fall passionately in love despite their families’ historic feud. The lovers’ oaths are s...

King Charles III

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Jul 19-Aug 11, 2019

King Charles III

A future history play by Mike Bartlett
Starting at $17

In "King Charles III," playwright Mike Bartlett uses Shakespearean verse to envision a near future where personal privacy, public betrayals and a thre...

King John

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Aug 4, 2019

King John

By William Shakespeare
Starting at $21

For one night only, see one of Shakespeare’s rarest history plays just as his own audiences did as part of CSF’s revered Original Practice...