Category: Reviews

TheaterMania: Love’s Labour’s Lost Review

This year’s choice for the annual Shakespearean outdoor production on the Boston Common could not be better suited to its surroundings. A large audience, seated on chairs or blankets spread out on the vast lawn, was treated to… Read More

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The Boston Globe: Love’s Labour’s Lost Review

Words pour out in such dazzling profusion throughout “Love’s Labour’s Lost,’’ an early comedy, that Shakespeare’s untrammeled joy in language is abundantly evident.    

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The Boston Musical Intelligencer: “A Most Rare Vision” in Esplanade Dream

The production was a meticulously constructed and finely acted evening of theater that married pragmatism to conviction and ambition to enchanting effect.-The Boston Musical Intelligencer, Kate Stringer

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WBUR The ARTery: King Lear Review

King Lear” is kicking up a storm on Boston Common (through Aug. 9). And what a storm it is, replete with claps of thunder, wind cranked from giant fans, swamps of fog and arching streams of water that… Read More

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Joyce’s Choices: King Lear Review

It was a sweltering night when I saw Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s latest FREE Shakespeare on the Common, but so absorbing and mighty was Will Lyman’s performance as KING LEAR that I hardly noticed the elements, save for the storm onstage, an… Read More

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The Boston Globe Review: King Lear

Steven Maler, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s founding artistic director, selected this dark and monumental drama to mark the 20th season of the company’s Free Shakespeare on the Common performances, and he chose Will Lyman for the title role. The… Read More

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TheaterMania Review: Twelfth Night

Maler has gathered an ensemble drawn from the best performers in the Boston (and Rhode Island) theater communities, carefully combining them with newcomers from New York and beyond.

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Boston Globe Review: An energetic ‘Twelfth Night’ on the Common

Director Steven Maler keeps the energy level high, the pace rapid, and the action clearly delineated. He astutely gives free rein to a pair of inventive performers who have been standouts in earlier CSC productions, and are so… Read More

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Metro: ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ set to Sinatra is a theatrical revelation

Enchanting is the word, I think, for this year’s production.-Alexandra Cavallo, Metro

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The Boston Globe: ‘Two Gentlemen’, Sinatra style

 Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s enjoyably jazzed-up production of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,’’ directed by Steven Maler, with snazzy and witty choreography by Yo-el Cassell.-The Boston Globe, Don Aucoin

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