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V.22 No.37 | 9/12/2013

Stage Whispers

Twain mocks art from grave

Let’s hear it for the old dead dudes of drama in these three hilarious Albuquerque comedies.

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V.22 No.23 | 6/6/2013
Cast and crew of As You Like It from last year’s Youth Summer Shakespeare Intensive production

Arts Feature

Summertime Theater Dreams

Leigh Hile reports on youth theater, The Vortex and The Bard.
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Arts

All hail the bard

Ray Orley, Ed Chavez and Brian Haney are a comedic tour de force in   The Winter’s Tale  .
Photos by Alan Mitchell
Ray Orley, Ed Chavez and Brian Haney are a comedic tour de force in The Winter’s Tale .

The Vortex Theatre is on its last weekend of shows in its last installment of the Will Power series—a run of Shakespearean productions. Leigh Hile reviewed The Winter’s Tale in this week’s Alibi. Check out her write-up to see why this might be one of the best slices of Shakespeare you’ll catch this year. Then head to one of the remaining three performances, including tonight’s at 7:30 p.m.

V.21 No.31 | 8/2/2012
Ray Orley, Ed Chavez and Brian Haney are a comedic tour de force in   The Winter’s Tale  .
Photos by Alan Mitchell

Performance Review

In the Head of Winter

Vortex cures a case of bipolar Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale is a fascinating yet problematic play. But director Paul Ford boldly tackles its challenges in The Vortex’s final installment of Will Power, the theater’s annual summer Shakespeare festival.

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V.21 No.20 | 5/17/2012
“Welcome to the Col. Kurtz Crazy Ex-Military Guy Training Camp. Step one: Shave your head.”

Film Review

Coriolanus

Ralph Fiennes takes Shakespeare’s most obscure tragedy and adds a lot of firepower

I’m not sure there was ever anything edgy or avant-garde about staging a Shakespeare play in modern day. Even if there was at one time, we can probably agree that’s no longer the case. In fact, setting Macbeth in postapocalyptic Detroit or Romeo and Juliet in whatever era you find stuffed in the community theater’s prop closet is so commonplace now that seeing a Shakespeare play in full 16th century regalia is becoming the rarity.

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Film

Film Review: Anonymous

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Speculating on whether Shakespeare actually penned the plays for which he is justifiably famous is the academic equivalent of wondering if Elvis is still alive. Famous people aren’t allowed to simply expire—they must be resurrected via silly conspiracy theories concerning their life, their death and the veracity of both. Now, Roland Emmerich, the blockbuster filmmaker who gave us Stargate and Independence Day, weighs in on the Shakespeare conspiracy.

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V.20 No.44 | 11/3/2011
“We are not amused.”

Film Review

Anonymous

Shakespeare was a fraud, says the man who showed us space aliens building the pyramids

Speculating on whether Shakespeare actually penned the plays for which he is justifiably famous is the academic equivalent of wondering if Elvis is still alive. Famous people aren’t allowed to simply expire—they must be resurrected via silly conspiracy theories concerning their life, their death and the veracity of both. It doesn’t matter if the figures are historical (Abraham Lincoln, Jack the Ripper) or pop cultural (Jim Morrison, Tupac Shakur): The unwashed masses will keep them alive with talk of murder, scandal, cover-up and conspiracy. (Michael Jackson, shake hands with Marilyn Monroe.) Very often, these conspiracies involve some preposterous leaps of logic—up to and including alien intervention.

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news

The Daily Word: Killer Clown For President, Baby Jumping, UFO over London

Former Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez will run for congress.

Air quality alert issued for Albuquerque, so don't breathe between 4 and 8 tonight.

The Las Conchas fire is 3% contained.

Taliban attack luxury hotel in Kabul.

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Some sort of devil jumping over babies party in Spain.

Read all about the first meteorite recorded in Egypt.

This Princess Diana issue of Newsweek is not at all weird.

Bill Clinton: Brony.

The Daily Beast could only think of eight appalling things about The Bachelorette.

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Florida fishermen catch a 23-foot squid.

Your 4th of July menu.

Hipster Lord of The Rings is awesome.

One hundred mummies from the 16th century found buried in an Italian church.

Should we dig up Shakespeare to see if he smoked pot?

What is ganache?

The mothership is in London.

Happy Brithday Gary Busey!!!

V.20 No.9 | 3/3/2011
They look so in love. Seriously though, don’t get attached.
Aux Dog Theatre

Performance Review

Moor Shakespeare

Othello bodes well for Aux Dog

Aux Dog’s fifth season, called Life and Chances, vows to set a new course for the theater. If its most recent production, Othello, is any indication, that course is a damn fine one.

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V.20 No.6 | 2/10/2011
Katherina (Elizabeth Dwyer Sandlin) and Petruchio (Frank Taylor Green) duke it out in a battle of the sexes.
Amelia Ampuero

Performance Review

A Woman Scorned

Duke City Repertory tries to tame Shakespeare’s Shrew

I know Shakespeare is, well, Shakespeare. Many diehard theater lovers consider him the best playwright to have ever grasped an ink-imbued instrument. Most actors and/or theater companies want to eventually try their iambic-pentameter-loving hands at one of the man’s plays. I realize this will put me on the blacklist of a number of theater patrons in town, but the question I always ask myself before seeing one of Shakespeare’s works on stage is: Why?

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V.19 No.26 | 7/1/2010
Beatrice (Kate Costello) and Benedick (Peter Diseth) strike a Jazz Age pose for an unconventional   Much Ado About Nothing  .
Image courtesy of Vortex Theatre

Performance Review

With Further Ado

The Vortex Theatre tests its “Will Power”

Bard purists beware: The Vortex version of Much Ado About Nothing is set in the Roaring ’20s. Think flappers, bon vivants, martinis, cigarettes and lawn games. Think The Great Gatsby.

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V.19 No.24 | 6/17/2010
Christina Slyter and Andrew Leith play a game of “Strangers on a Train.”
Patricia Sauthoff

Performance Review

Don't Make Me Come Back There!

All the train's a stage

It's an ordinary Saturday afternoon on the New Mexico Rail Runner Express. Travelers head north to Santa Fe, no one pays much attention to one another—until, suddenly, a voice comes from the back of the car. A young woman, face hidden by a baseball cap and magazine, snaps to attention and responds. Thus begins a scene from As You Like It.

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V.19 No.23 | 6/10/2010

Culture Shock

You've run amok in rainbows, you've been prouder than your mom was that time you got second place in the spelling bee back in fourth grade, and you’re all paraded out. Have no fear. There are several low-key, movement-unintensive ways to cash in on someone else's air conditioning. Holla.

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