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Cal Performances' Zellerbach Hall
Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue Berkeley, CA 94720
510-642-9988
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3.4 / 5 Rated by 18 members
Review from TheatreAddict
194 events 155 reviews

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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Review from Amy Donovan
34 events 6 reviews

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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Review from Jennie
11 events 4 reviews

Beautiful staging, gorgeous costumes, fantastic acting, and undoubtedly a clever play, but at least where we were sitting, we could barely hear the dialogue so most of it was lost on us. We left at intermission. Zellerbach may just be too large a...continued

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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.

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