25 Oct 2013

Folger Stages a Classic, Solid R&J

The Folger Shakespeare Library has launched its 2013/14 season with one of Shakespeare’s classics:  Romeo and Juliet.  By this point in life, everyone has read and/or seen some production of these star crossed lovers and most can quote many of its most famous lines.  So since one isn’t going to this production to be surprised […]

08 Feb 2013

Folger's First Production of Henry V Rules

These days it seems like dukes, duchesses and dowagers are all anybody talks about, but the kings of England and France, their armies and foes, are on the stage at The Folger Theatre in Henry V, and they are worth the attention. Power, leadership, honor, and tradition weigh heavy on the shoulders of the inexperienced […]

24 Feb 2012

"The Gaming Table" at the Folger Theatre: Girl Power

When we learn the unromantic truth regarding plays in Shakespeare’s time about women’s roles — that is, that they were usually played by younger men — it’s easy to chalk it up to the relatively restricted role of women in 17th century society. Virginia Woolf famously lamented the unhappy lot that would have meant being […]