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Cardenio is worth a trip to the theater

Full disclosure:  I am on the Advisory Board of the American Repertory Theatre and have been a subscriber for more than 25 years.

I recently attended a performance of Cardenio at the ART.  It was one of the funniest and most enjoyable evenings I've had at the theater in a long time.  The idea is that Cardenio is a lost Shakespeare play.  Based on the rumors of what the play included (it was performed a few times, but the manuscript is lost), the playwrights have created what the play could have been.  They didn't attempt Shakespeare's iambic pentameter, but they have many, many Shakespearean devices in the play.  The modern language makes the play very accessible for all audiences, even those who are not Shakespeare fans.

The play was incredibly funny, with many subtle jokes.  I was really impressed with the facial expressions and body language of the acting company, which helped deliver many subtle messages.  Although the play was 2 1/2 hours long, including an intermission, it moved along nicely and had no slow spots.  And, like many Shakespeare plays, there are many vignettes, such as a funny dance scene, an incredible pasta dinner, and some operatic singing.

Although I enjoy almost all the work at the ART, this is one that I can strongly recommend to everyone.  Go see it!


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