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Steven Suskin
Playbill, January 2011

From the land of the Bard comes William Shakespeare: Comedy Romance Tragedy [Opus Arte]. Three plays, on four DVDs, produced at Shakespeare’s Globe on London’s Bankside. As You Like It, directed by Thea Sharrock (who visited our shores in 2008 with the Daniel Radcliffe Equus), and artistic director Dominic Dromgoole’s stagings of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Romeo & Juliet. Curious about how Shakespearean plays look at the Globe, the reconstructed playhouse which opened in 1997 spearheaded by Sam Wanamaker and with artistic direction by Mark Rylance (who departed prior to these productions, in 2005)? These plays, filmed in performance, make a point of showing audience interactions. We have seen numerous stage and film productions of these plays—two of the three, at least. From these DVDs, though, we get a sense of how these plays might have played in the original Globe configuration. Or maybe not. Bonus features include cast galleries and sections of famous speeches. Note that the DVDs include the legend, “Spoken in Shakespeare’s English with English subtitles.”

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