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Theater review: ‘Pride and Prejudice’ at Orlando Shakes

By Elizabeth Maupin
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Michele Vazquez as Elizabeth Bennet and Avery Clark as Fitzwilliam Darcy

All Hertfordshire may know Miss Elizabeth Bennet as a singular sort of young woman – plucky, forthright, even brash.

But not until she moves across an Orlando Shakespeare Theater stage, in Jane Austen’s classic comedy Pride and Prejudice, has Lizzy Bennet seemed so akin to Shakespeare’s own heroines at their best.

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Theater auditions: PlayFest at Orlando Shakes

Here’s the audition notice for PlayFest:

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Theater review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Orlando Shakes

By Elizabeth Maupin
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The young aristocrats in Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s new Midsummer Night’s Dream loll about in what looks like a hipster’s fantasy of a Grecian villa – all sun dapples and decadence. An underling sings part of Pink Floyd’s “Money,” and even the audience might be forgiven for never wanting to venture out into the woods, where life is a little more unruly and you just might need bug spray and galoshes.

Director David Lee’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes those differences to heart. For the city folk, the course of true love never does run smooth. But their angst-ridden characters and their citified ways stand in such contrast to the airy fairies of the forest – and the city folk are so much funnier – that you may find yourself wishing everybody would just stay in town.

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Orlando Shakes announces season of (mostly) classics

Two plays by William Shakespeare and a classic comedy by Oscar Wilde will be among the offerings in Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s season for 2011-2012, artistic director Jim Helsinger has announced.

The 23rd season, which will feature Romeo and Juliet, Cymbeline and The Importance of Being Earnest, also will include the popular comedy A Tuna Christmas as well as two yet-to-be-announced titles, one of them to be chosen  from this season’s PlayFest shows later this spring.

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Learn to dance like Lizzy Bennet

Here’s an appealing notion: To celebrate its upcoming production of Pride and Prejudice, Orlando Shakespeare Theater is offering a  dance party in which choreographer W. Robert Sherry will teach you to dance Regency-style, just like Elizabeth Bennet and her as-yet-to-be-determined future swain.

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Orlando Shakes announces cast for winter rep

Some familiar names and some that are not so familiar will be part of Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s winter repertory season, which will consist of three, count ’em, three shows all playing at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center early in 2011.

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Theater review: ‘Chaps! A Jingle Jangle Christmas’ at Orlando Shakes

By Elizabeth Maupin

It’s not often that the words “cigareets and whiskey and wild, wild women” turn up in a Christmas show.

But Chaps! A Jingle Jangle Christmas is no ordinary Christmas show – and that’s all to the good.

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A holiday deal — today only — at Orlando Shakes

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Here’s a nice ticket deal for some lucky theatergoer. If you buy single tickets as gifts today from Orlando Shakespeare Theater, those single tickets are 50 percent off.

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Orlando Shakes giving ticket deals to military

Here’s another inventive to get thee to the theater — and a nice deal for future veterans on Veterans’ Day. Orlando Shakespeare Theater is offering $10 off single tickets to Chaps! A Jingle Jangle Christmas, to all active military personnel.

That deal will last beyond Christmas, too, to any of the shows remaining in the Orlando Shakes season.

The facts, ma’am:

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Theater review: ‘The Turn of the Screw’

[Catching up with shows that opened while I was on vacation — this time around, Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s The Turn of the Screw:]

Ghost stories are a dime a dozen this time of year.

Lots of people are fine with that, and they’ll look at Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s The Turn of the Screw – with its looming tower, its gloomy staircase and its atmosphere of underlying evil – as more of the same.

But that’s taking the shortsighted view of Henry James’ 1898 novella, which has fueled readers’ and critics’ arguments for more than a century and has been adapted by playwright Jeffrey Hatcher with all of its creepy ambivalence intact.

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Orlando Shakes announces cast for ‘Chaps’

Orlando Shakespeare Theater has announced what sounds like a pretty swell cast for its peculiarly named Christmas show.

Chaps! A Jingle Jangle Christmas will feature Michael Edwards, Philip Nolen, Melissa Mason, Brandon Roberts, Michael Gill and Mark Whitten. (That’s Gill and Mason on the left.)

Here’s the official word:

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Theater review: ‘The 39 Steps’

You need only one clue to explain The 39 Steps, the gut-bustingly funny farce at Lowndes Shakespeare Center. That clue is in the very first scene, in the arch of the eyebrow belonging to Spencer Plachy, the actor who plays dashing hero-turned-fugitive Richard Hannay.

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Free ’39 Steps’ tickets for Equity members

Do you belong to Actors’ Equity? Do you want to see The 39 Steps at Orlando Shakes?

Well, of course you do, and you’re in luck. Orlando Shakespeare Theater has made available some free tickets for Equity members for this Friday and Saturday nights, Sept. 17 and 18. Just call the box office at 407-447-1700 Ext. 1.

I’ll see you there.

Shakespeare gala to open season

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For those of you who are able, here’s a swell big-ticket event to usher in the new Orlando Shakespeare Theater season. The annual gala is at 5 p.m. Sunday evening, with lots of food and drink, auctions and a preview of the season’s first show, The 39 Steps.

Arts patron Alan H. Ginsburg will serve as the auctioneer for the live auction.

Here’s the official word. (Note: While this press release says the event is black tie, my invitation says cocktail attire. Now you know.)

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Shakes needs volunteers

John Ryan, the house manager for Orlando Shakespeare Theater, sends along word of an event for volunteers this weekend. Here’s John:

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Development job open at Orlando Shakes

Now that Shannon Lacek has been promoted to managing director at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, her old job is available. Here’s the info:

The Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF, an AEA regional theater company celebrating its 22nd season, seeks a well-seasoned Director of Development who demonstrates the passion, motivation, and business expertise required to achieve continued success for the company.

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Robby Pigott to do cabaret at WP Playhouse

The next cabaret performer for the Winter Park Playhouse’s Spotlight Series will be Orlando singer/actor T. Robert Pigott, who will perform in the Playhouse’s lovely little lobby bar Oct. 8 and 9. Chris Leavy, the theater’s musical director, will accompany him on the piano.

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Lacek to be managing director at Orlando Shakes

Big news at Orlando Shakespeare Theater: Arnold Breman is retiring as managing director, effective this week, and director of development Shannon Lacek, a three-year veteran at the theater, will become the new managing director Sept. 1.

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Are you a starving artist? Indulge yourself here.

Orlando Shakespeare announced this a few months back, but this seems like a good time for a reminder of the company’s Starving Artists program. Pick up a Starving Artist pass and you can get tickets to six O’Shakes shows for only 30 bucks.

(Five dollars apiece? You can’t do ANYTHING else for that.)

Warning: The deadline is Sept. 15, which is fast approaching.

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O’Shakes holds wine tasting at Total Wine

This sounds like a swell way to while away a summer evening — tasting wine at Total Wine and helping out Orlando Shakespeare Theater in the process.

It’s an event hosted by the Orlando Shakespeare Theater Ambassadors, a new group that’s trying to get the name of Orlando Shakes out into the community. The wine tasting is set for 6 Thursday night, and if you get tickets in advance they’re $20 — $25 at the door.

Here’s more:

The Orlando Shakespeare Theater announces summer wine tasting at Total Wine & More

The Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF has announced a new wine and culinary event at Total Wine & More on August 26, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.

Hosted by the Orlando Shakespeare Theater Ambassadors, this special event will benefit the incoming 2010-2011 intern/apprentice class at Orlando Shakes. Guests will enjoy a guided tour of five tasting stations by Total Wine’s knowledgeable wine team plus a beer tasting station.  Virgin Olive Market will provide appetizers from its popular menu to complement the wines. Discounts on the wines provided for tasting will be offered that evening.

To purchase tickets, please call the Orlando Shakespeare Theater Box Office at 407-447-1700 or online at www.orlandoshakes.org. Space is limited and participants must be 21 years of age or over.  For more information, contact Ambassador’s President April Montgomery at amontgomery@foley.com or 407-423-7656.

What:    Summer Wine Tasting to benefit intern/apprentice class of 2010-2011

Where:     Total Wine on Colonial Ave.
2712 East Colonial Drive,
Orlando, FL 32803

When:     August 26, 2010 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Tickets:     Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Box Office: (407) 447-1700 or online at www.orlandoshakes.org