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Rape Lucrece – Reviews from Opening Weekend

William Shakespeare's Rape of Lucrece

Twin Cities Metro (Review by Will Wlizlo): “American Shakespeare Repertory’s minimal dramatization of Lucrece [is] oppressively intimate in the moment; leaves you feeling exposed and morally grasping. (…) Lucrece, played by Cara Kluver, dashed between emotional extremes—from simpering fear to murderous fury, rational lucidity to bottomless grief—with endurance and skill.” (read more)

Audience Review (by Aseem Kaul): “A superb performance that brings Shakespeare’s epic poem powerfully to life. Cara Kluver is haunting as Lucrece, and Justin Alexander gives a stormy performance as Tarquin… More than anything else, Rape of Lucrece breathes fresh life into a somewhat neglected work, showcasing the lyrical force of Shakespeare’s poetry, the vividness of his imagery, and the depth of his sympathy for his characters.”

Audience Review (by Adric Turlough): “This was a well-done staging of Shakespeare’s poem, with impressive performances by the two-person cast. Lines of the poem are exchanged between the Storyteller and Lucrece, intensifying the story, and each of the multiple characters portrayed by Justin Alexander’s Storyteller are compelling. (…) I found myself absorbed in the world that the poem created. The staging and use of light, and lack of light, skillfully accentuated the tense atmosphere of the poem. The Theatre in the Round is a perfect space for this, bringing the audience up-close to, and surrounding, the characters and their emotions.”

We’ve got three performances left. Come check us out:

Tuesday 8/9 @ 10:00 pm
Thursday 8/11 @ 5:30 pm
Sunday 8/14 @ 7:00 pm

Theatre in the Round Players
245 Cedar Ave.

Minnesota Fringe Festival 2011

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