This week, Chautauquans again have the chance to worship at the altar of William Shakespeare.
Sadly, even for the most devout theater and film lovers, authentic props are usually unattainable.
Renowned literary critic Harold Bloom has a deep appreciation of William Shakespeare, identifying the playwright as the inventor of human personality in his book, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human.
Chautauqua Theater Company’s version of The Comedy of Errors is not a run-of-the-mill Shakespearean production, especially with a mermaid and bearded lady strolling from stage left to stage right.
The problem in making a mermaid costume is making sure that the actor is able to walk across the stage fluidly, or “fish-like.”
In Andrew Borba’s eyes, William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors is true entertainment.
“What’s funny and what’s flip, those are two different things,” said Borba, director of Comedy and Chautauqua Theater Company associate artistic director. “I’m very much interested in what’s really funny, and I think that comes from true, human behavior. There isn’t a human being who can’t associate or wonder who they are, or have been in a situation where the world started acting against them and they had no idea why. It’s completely universal.”
For the next two weeks, Bratton Theater will turn into a turn-of-the-20th-century circus, complete with trapezes and side-show attractions. The occasion is Chautauqua Theater Company’s production of The Comedy of Errors, which will debut this Friday at 8 p.m. at Bratton Theater. The show will be directed by Andrew Borba and staged on a set designed by Tom Buderwitz.
Sometimes watching a Shakespeare play is like watching a movie in a foreign language. The audience really has to pay attention to the language and to the action to understand what exactly is happening onstage.
Even before Sarah Rasmussen had ever seen a play, she knew she would be a director. As young child, she thought, “How hard can it be?”
Will the real Romeo and Juliet please stand up?
In addition to the three pairs of star-crossed lovers, The Romeo & Juliet Project will also feature three Tybalts, two Mercutios, two Capulets and so on, as this season’s intense buzz about the Bard comes to fruition at 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the Amphitheater.