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Musings on All's Well

I went to see the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance production of All’s Well that Ends Well at the Arthur Miller Theatre in Ann Arbor last night. Student productions sell well, and I didn’t buy a ticket in advance, so I was relieved to score an $18 ticket at the on-site ticket office when I arrived 45-minutes early. An usher told me that the Friday night performance had sold out and the Sunday matinee was also sold out. The 280 seat Arthur Miller Theatre in the Walgreen Drama Center on U of M’s north campus was designed by Kuwabara Payne McKenna and Blumberg Associates of Toronto and opened in 2006. This was my first opportunity to visit the theater and I was as excited about seeing the space as I was about the performance. I wasn’t disappointed. The Arthur Miller is a brilliant setting, perfect for the dramatic gems produced there. A large thrust stage with no proscenium and minimal wings commands the theatrical space with tiers of seats on three sides and wi

CSC Othello during March & Shakespeare summer camp in Cinti -- for grown-ups, too!

Information from  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company  : Othello  February 26 to April 3, 2010 Showtimes:   Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. PRICES:   Adults $26, Seniors $22, Students $20 Preview Performances are February 24 and 25. Preview Tickets are just $12 SHAKESPEARE SUMMER CAMP  Camp registration is now open and spaces are limited - register early to guarantee your spot. Camp tuition starts at $250. To download registration forms,  click here . Adults, why should students have all the fun?  Try  Bard Academy , CSC’s classes for adults of all ages. This spring choose from  Shakespearean Acting , taught by Christopher Guthrie, and  The Actor’s Toolbox , team-taught by multiple members of the CSC Resident Ensemble.  For more information and to download a registration form,  click here . *** CSC SHAKESPEARE SUMMER CAMP Camp I: Generation Shakespeare For 6-7 Grade - June 7-11 Camp II: Random Acts of Shakespeare For 7-9 Grade - June 14-1

More Wainwright sonnet recordings released April 20, 2010

Three of the 24 Shakespeare sonnets that Rufus Wainwright scored for Robert Wilson's 2009 production of Sonnette are featured in Wainwright's new Decca CD All Days are Nights: Songs for Lulu to be released in the US April 20, 2010. (The album will be released on March 23 in Canada.) Recordings of "Sonnet 43" (When most I wink . . .) from which the album title is taken, "Sonnet 20" (A woman's face . . .), and "Sonnet 10" (For shame deny . . .) are included. (A live version of the title cut is on YouTube . Wainwright's Sonnette version of "Sonnet 29" (When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes . . .) is not included in this album, but has been recorded by Wainwright in the 2002 EMI Classics album of Shakespearean sonnets by various artists, "When Love Speaks", and can be viewed on YouTube. (See link in Oberon blog sidebar.) A live version of Wainwright singing "Sonnet 20" (See link in Oberon blog sideba

Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Baldwin Theatre in Royal Oak

The Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre in Royal Oak will be performing the Reduced Shakespeare Company's Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) February 19-21 and 25-28. Please see the link below for more information: The troupe tries to perform all 37 plays and 154 sonnets in less than 2 hours!

Hunter calls February 17 meeting

Dear Oberon, It's meeting time again! Here is what we will find out this coming Wednesday at the Farmington Library, Room A, meeting from 6:45 to 8:45, doors open 6:30: Would you recognize Shakespeare if suddenly you were face to face with him and he wrote you a poem? This is not just a Valentine's Day question. What is there about Shakespeare's writing that we recognize as being Shakespeare and Shakespeare alone and no one else? We will be getting at the heart of what makes Shakespeare Shakespeare this Wednesday among other challenges we will be pursuing this coming year. Notice that the meeting is starting earlier. That is so that we can adjourn by 8:45 according to the library's wishes. The Farmington Library has been a wonderful host, and we do want to comply with their request. Your faithful chair, Tom Hunter

Recital includes Quilter's settings of Shakespeare songs

8 PM Sunday, February 14, 2010 First Dissertation Recital: Jose Garcia, tenor Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium PROGRAM:  Schumann - from Dichterliebe, Op. 48, Im wunder schönen Monat Mai/Aus meinen Tränen spriessen/Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube, die Sonne/Wenn ich in deine Augen seh'/Ich will meine Seele tauchen/Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome;Ich grolle nicht/Und wüssten’s die Blumen, die kleinen/Das ist ein Flöten und Geigen/Hör ich das Liedchen klingen/Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen/Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen/Ich hab im Traum geweinet/Allnächtlich im Traume/Aus alten Märchen/Die alten, bösen Lieder;  Quilter - from Three Shakespeare Songs, Op. 6, No. 1 Come away, Death/O Mistress Mine/Blow, blow, thou winter wind; Quilter - When daffodils begin to peer from Four Shakespeare Songs, Op. 30/When icicles hang by the wall from Two Shakespeare Songs, Op. 32/Weep you no more from Seven Elizabethan Lyrics, Op. 12/It was a lover and his lass from Five Shakespeare Songs), Op.

All's Well at Walgreen Drama Center Feb. 18-21, 2010

University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance, Dept of Musical Theater Studio Production will present William Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well  February 18-21, 2010. Malcolm Tulip directs U-M theater students in Shakespeare’s dark comedy about a lowly woman who must perform a string of impossible tasks to gain the hand of a haughty count.  Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thurs. February 18, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday February 19 and 20; 2 p.m. Sunday February 21 at the Walgreen Drama Center, Arthur Miller Theater,  1 226 Murfin,   Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1212.  Tickets are $18 & $24 (students, $9) at the Michigan League Box Office in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 734 764-0450.