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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The Boston Globe: In ‘Lear’, Lyman is the King of Boston Common


Lyman is starring as Lear in a milestone production for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company: This is the 20th year the company has given free performances of a Shakespeare play on Boston Common, which typically draw tens of thousands of… Read More

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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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Boston Globe: Creating a new look for ‘Twelfth Night’ on the Common


“”The thing I love about this play is it is such a melancholic comedy “, Maler said. “He was writing this as he was writing ‘Hamlet’.  This sense of multiple deaths, some real and some perceived, that happen… 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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