Let’s begin with the bottom line: By any measure, The Shakespeare Project, the New Theatre’s summer repertory of King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is an undeniable success. These masterworks, played by a plucky acting ensemble of thirteen, are delivered in visually striking stagings by artistic director Rafael de Acha and backed by a superior design staff. The overall result ranges from competent to salutary, depending on whether you view theater as product or process. Considered as theatrical product, these two shows have considerable merit, though Shakespearean purists may have some reservations. But viewed as process, the New Theatre’s gamble on the classics is one of the most important theatrical... More >>>