Shakespeare has taken over New York this theatre season.
1. “Twelfth Night” at the Belasco Theater
If you see one production make it The Globe Theatre’s all-male “Twelfth Night” at the Belasco Theatre. Mark Rylance is giving a remarkable performance as Countess Olivia. Both he and she have critics in a state of panegyrical bliss.
2. “Richard III”
Rylance is also performing the title role in “Richard III” in repertory with “Twelfth Night.”
3. “Macbeth” at the Lincoln Center Theatre
If you can’t get tickets to see Rylance and The Globe Theatre’s company at the Belasco, head uptown to the Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of “Macbeth” starring Ethan Hawke in the title role. It officially opens this week.
4. “Romeo and Juliet” at the Richard Rodgers Theatre
Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad are appearing in “Romeo and Juliet” at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. But the real star of this production, which has received mixed reviews, is the divine character actress Jayne Houdyshell who is portraying the Nurse.
5. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Theatre for a New Audience
Director Julie Taymor has redeemed herself after the web of intrigue—and profligate flailing—that infamously marked her last foray on Broadway, the musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” She has retreated—triumphantly—to Brooklyn where her gloriously imagined “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is mesmerizing audience members lucky enough to snare a ticket to this production at Theatre for a New Audience.
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