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Loeb Drama Center
64 Brattle St. Cambridge, MA 02138
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3.6 / 5 Rated by 7 members
Review from J.B.
Red Velvet 62 events 8 reviews

Only a handful of actors were good; the rest (mostly the women, for some reason) weren't. One good 20-minute scene (near beginning of second act) in entire 2.5-hour production. Just sort of stupid.

reviewed May 18 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Zelda
17 events 12 reviews

Seats were outstanding! Cast was unbelievably terrific! Laughed more than can remember. Have recommended to many friends.

reviewed May 18 2008 report as inappropriate
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Review from Goldstar Member
1 event 1 review

My husband and I agreed with the Globe review (which we, alas, did not see until after we had seen the play) that the play was not interesting, not entertaining, not coherent. Other than that, a great afternoon in the theatre!

reviewed May 17 2008 report as inappropriate
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by Stephen Greenblatt and Charles L. Mee

directed by Les Waters

Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt and playwright Charles Mee have joined forces to produce a midsummer comedy of love based on Cardenio, a play by Shakespeare that was lost soon after its first performance. Greenblatt and Mee have woven a contemporary version of the story, now set at a wedding party on the terrace of a villa in the Umbrian hills.

Shakespeare’s fingerprints are all over this sparkling new version, from the crisscrossing of suspicious lovers to a cunning Iago-like meddler, from soliloquies (re-imagined as wedding toasts) to overheard conversations, from the dream of passion to the pleasures of music and dance.

Stephen Greenblatt is one of this country’s leading Shakespeare scholars, author of Will in the World and a professor at Harvard. Charles Mee is well known to A.R.T. audiences for his ingenious plays and adaptations, including Full Circle, Snow in June, and bobrauschenbergamerica.


For their wedding, Anselmo and Camila retreat with their closest friends to a villa in Umbria. Between the ceremony and the celebration, Anselmo begs Will, his best man, to flirt with his new wife to test her faithfulness. While Will struggles between appeasing his friend and probing his own feelings for Camila, Anselmo’s parents, both aging actors, crash the party. They bring with them two surprises – a lost play by Shakespeare and Anselmo’s ravishing former classmate, Susana, to star in the play.

Using Shakespeare’s comedies as inspiration, Stephen Greenblatt and Charles Mee pitch us into a world where love is easy to find but hard to attain, where maids double as opera divas, and where handymen build great Shakespearian performances. This midsummer comedy explores the surprising ways people find love amidst chaos.

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