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texts&beheadings/ ElizabethR

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Members say: Exquisite, Intelligent, Great staging

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Part of the 2015 Next Wave Festival, Compagnia de' Colombari presents England's greatest queen through her various writings, to reveal the soul and ever-shifting essence of an icon. More…

In this new American play that explores the life and language of England’s greatest queen, four actresses portray the resilient queen and allow us to marvel at her theatrical brilliance. Multi-lingual and insatiably curious, Elizabeth survived disinheritance, excommunication, and imprisonment to emerge triumphant. Her reign saw the rise of Shakespeare’s theater, but what did she have to say herself? The play uses Elizabeth’s own words to reveal her wit, courage, and extraordinary love of her people. Dissecting the persona of Elizabeth I through Joycean deconstructions of her letters, speeches, poems, and prayers, this production is Elizabethan drama in its most literal sense.

1h 0m | Already closed | BAM - Fishman Space (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (1)


Exquisite, Intelligent, Great staging

Exquisite, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if Beautiful production. Not enough expostion. Better if you already know the history.

Don't see it if you're not interested in details of Elizabethan history

October 23rd, 2015
"This witty, hourlong performance piece was created by Karin Coonrod, a theater artist of far-reaching inventiveness...It deploys what might be called a style that deconstructs to reconstruct…This production provides a surprisingly graspable crash course in Elizabeth I and her times, clearly layi...
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September 28th, 2015
for a previous production "Coonrod's setup works, but is uneven....There's a lot of potential with this show. Expanding both the running time and material would not only strengthen this promising piece it would give the audience more of a chance to answer Coonrod's initial question...The show excels in its ability to pres...
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September 28th, 2015
for a previous production "Director Karin Coonrod has a strikingly original approach to this complicated subject…The actresses each turn in excellent performances…For me, the switch from Elizabeth’s words to modern slang is sometimes jarring. Because the actresses are essentially reciting, it is hard occasionally to get e...
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October 24th, 2015
for a previous production "'Texts&beheadings' is more like portraiture than plot…Smartly, the four representations of the queen could not be any more different in tone, or portrayed by more different performers…It works almost like a Picasso painting, full of attention to perspectives and angles...What it does attempt it ...
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