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Cal Performances' Zellerbach Hall
Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue Berkeley, CA 94720
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18 reviews
9 stars
The weather was sunny. I wore t-shirt and jeans.
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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in "Love's Labour's Lost"
18 ratings
3.4 average rating
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155 reviews
39 stars
attended Nov 04 2009

While the production seems to be a fine one, it is swallowed whole by the cavernous Zellerbach Hall (Zellerbach Playhouse would have been a better fit). The actors are not amplified, and therefore inaudible (and on the rare occasions when they can...continued

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411 reviews
316 stars
attended Nov 04 2009

I agree with the other reviewer. I imagine the cast was talented yet it was VERY difficult to hear throughout most of the performance. A few actors had no projection at all so I have no idea what they said. They should all have been wearing...continued

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6 reviews
5 stars
attended Nov 04 2009

The set, music, actor movement throughout the space all made for a festive night out. The acting was very uneven. Usually when one goes to see a production put on specifically by Shakespearian actors one hears clear articulation of the verse.

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Shakespeare’s boisterous send-up of all those who try to turn their back on life is a mighty display of every weapon in the youthful playwright’s comic arsenal, from excruciating cross-purposes and impersonations, to drunkenness, bust-ups, and pratfalls. Even more, it is a joyful banquet of language, groaning with puns, rhymes, bizarre syntax, grotesque coinages, and parodies.

This heady combination receives royal treatment from the famed Globe—the world’s pre-eminent exponent of the Bard’s immortal works—and was a hit during the company’s 2007 season. Directed by the Globe’s artistic director Dominic Dromgoole, with designs by Jonathan Fensom and music by Claire van Kampen, the Globe’s production “mixes bare-faced cheek with bare-cheeked bottoms” (The Guardian, London), employing Renaissance staging, costumes, and music.