The keystone of Shakespeare’s works, this most famous play of all plays has a thousand times more words written about it than the play itself contains. Compass Rose Theater celebrates the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare by sharing a live production of his most celebrated play. To portray this work, and bring it to life on our stage is an honor and a privilege. Hamlet, aggrieved son and nephew to the new king, seeks to avenge his father’s most certain murder. He must be sure of the crime before he acts; and it is in the struggle of whether to act or to wait that the drama of the play finds its core. Language so beautiful it is heart stopping, a story so compelling that it demands that we witness it live create an unforgettable theatrical experience not to be missed.
Long, long ago, in a magical time, life was simple. Dragons were real, innocent boys pulled swords from stones. Right was right and wrong was wrong and no one questioned the difference. The legend of King Arthur and his young bride Guinevere tells the story of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table. The breaking of the spell of Camelot reveals the complexity and the struggle when ideal meet reality. One of the knights, Lancelot, falls in love and the kingdom crumbles. Set to the incomparable music of Lerner and Loewe, this play became a legend on Broadway. In this day of jaded dreams and twisted fantasies, it is important to experience a simpler time of innocence when ideals were a shining beacon within our reach.
In today’s world, civilized behavior, courtesy, and political correctness have evolved to keep raw emotion and impulses in check. When two children from upper middle class families get into a playground fight, both sets of parents get together over cocktails to resolve the dispute. The result is a dissolution of every rule of etiquette, courtesy, and correctness. Primal impulses come to the fore and we see the animal who resides in all of us. Darkly funny, with a wicked punch, this show is wildly entertaining, and illuminates the dark side of being human.
This story of Eliza Doolittle and her professor, Henry Higgins was made into a musical much more famous than the original play by the impeccable G.B. Shaw. A wonderful comedic comment on the silliness of class structure in Britain, the topic of the play is very timely in today’s world, where appearance trumps reality almost every time. Wit and wisdom combine with a clever plot to create a comedic masterpiece. We laugh as we realize that the real values of honesty, integrity, and love are what matter in the end.