July 2, 2009 |
Ad-libbed puns and slapstick galore punctuate Independent Shakespeare Co.'s "The Tempest," Shakespeare's magic-filled final play about an enchanted island inhabited by a powerful sorcerer, his pubescent daughter, a misshapen monster kept captive in a cave, and a host of airy spirits held in thrall. Of course, given that particular cast of characters, "Tempest" is perhaps the most heavily parsed among all Shakespeare's works by fascinated scholars in search of sexual subtexts and incestuous undercurrents.
October 13, 1993 |
There is, in some respects, no sweeter play by Shakespeare than his final one, "The Tempest." Written only five years before his death, it is moody, bittersweet, wistful and forgiving, and it contains some of the most lyrical speeches Shakespeare ever set down. If it is not an old man's play (he was 47 at the time), it is certainly an older man's play, full of rue trying to mellow gracefully.
July 18, 1985 |
There's a difference between magic and tricks, and the innovative and the arbitrary. Into the breach tumbles the Grove Shakespeare Festival production of Shakespeare's "The Tempest." Ken Sonkin, dressed in a tux, plays some very witty magic tricks out front before curtain, before he metamorphoses into a spritely onstage Ariel (Sonkin is an acrobat as well as a magician, and he's a real find for the theater).
September 25, 2011 |
The novel "The Night Circus" (Doubleday: 387 pp., $26.95) is receiving a good deal of attention, and it's rightly deserved - even though some comparisons of Erin Morgenstern's fable to other popular books seem sky-high and unfair (to her). Does anyone's book, for instance, really deserve the pressure of being called the next Harry Potter? Can anyone live up to that? In the vaguest of terms, there's a similarity to Rowling's saga. Morgenstern's novel also centers on two dueling magicians, one of whom is difficult to pin down by name.
December 25, 2010 |
The transformation of the bard's most majestic role in a new version of 'The Tempest' represents centuries of preparation. Helen Mirren's inhabiting a part traditionally acted by a man reflects a new social reality. In Julie Taymor's film adaptation of "The Tempest," Shakespeare's most magical and majestic role ? a role traditionally played by a man ? is played by Helen Mirren. Prospero becomes Prospera. There is nothing worse than novelty for the sake of novelty, but this transformation is not a gimmick: It says something about Shakespeare, and it says something about who we have become.
March 17, 1989 |
Rich Prospero will remain at Chapman College as an assistant basketball coach, a source in the athletic department said Thursday. School officials are expected to make the announcement today. Prospero, 25, was the Panthers' interim coach last season. He and Jerry DeBusk will assist new Chapman coach Bob Boyd. Boyd met with Prospero on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of Prospero remaining with the program.