REVIEW: Oakland University’s ‘Macbeth’ Delivers a Powerful Examination of the Carnage Caused by Desire and Deception

A little over five years ago I went to the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada to see a production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Once there I quickly learned through the grapevine that people either loved it or hated it; during some performances, people actually walked out. That is when it dawned on me there are two types of Shakespeare enthusiasts. First, the purists. Those who want only traditional costumes, settings, and no interpretation of the script. Second, are … [Read more...]

William Shakespeare: His Life, Times, and Work

Jim Glenn returns to the Rochester Hills Public Library for a series of lively and informative talks on William Shakespeare on Tuesday, October 13, 20 and 27 at 7 p.m. Jim draws his experience and skills as a teacher, speaker, actor, and storyteller. The lecture on October 13 deals with Shakespeare’s boyhood in Stratford-Upon-Avon-- his family, schooling, marriage and other early experiences. The Renaissance in England is described in the presentation on October 20 and includes historical … [Read more...]

Full Impact Theater Presents William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”

Full Impact Theater (FIT) is pleased to announce its 4th Annual Shakespeare in the Park. The war has just ended, but a merry war is about to begin. Put on your blue suede shoes and head out to Shakespeare in the Park. Directed by Rochester's own Mary Bogrette. Couples are going to rock. Couples are going to roll. And the villains may actually get away with their evil plots unless someone can shake it up, dig it? Flirtatious and funny, Much Ado About Nothing (or "noting" as Shakespeare may … [Read more...]

Delve into William Shakespeare’s Life, Times, and Work

Join Jim Glenn as he presents the life, times, and work of William Shakespeare on Thursday, February 26 at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library. Jim draws his experience and skills as a teacher, speaker, actor, and storyteller. Jim Glenn’s lively and informative presentation includes a biographical summary of Shakespeare’s boyhood in Stratford including what is known (or surmised) of the impact of Will’s family, schooling and other early influences on his later work as a poet and … [Read more...]

Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park Full Impact Theater returns to the Rochester for the Second Annual Shakespeare in the Park. The Two Gentlemen of Verona is one of Shakespeare’s first comedies; and will be portrayed in a colorful, open-air stage set in a big-top circus-style environment. This event is rain or shine. Bring your own blanket (or stadium-style-seat). Suitable for all ages, the play is this weekend only, August 2-4, 2013 at the Rochester Municipal Park. The Plot Two men, … [Read more...]

Rochester College Presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

"So, good night unto you all. Give me your hands, if we be friends. And Robin shall restore amends." Rochester College’s theatre department presents Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Modern, energetic, and abridged, Rochester College’s production of this Shakespearean comedy features a young couple realizing the hardships of true love. Confronted by many obstacles, forces beyond their control conspire to bring ruin to their fairytale ending. See how everything resolves itself in … [Read more...]