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Rape of Lucrece – Only Two Performances Left!

William Shakespeare's Rape of Lucrece

Examiner.Com (Fringe Dispatch by Brad Richason): “Shakespeare, of course, can match wits with anyone, but the emotional authority of his dramatic verse wields an unsurpassable emotional charge. Few of his works demonstrate this evocative power as bracingly as his epic poem, The Rape of Lucrece… Rather than offering a dry recital of the text, the American Shakespeare Company’s Justin Alexander and Cara Kluver fiercely possess their roles, voicing Shakespeare’s rhythmic text with a sublime knack not only for the cadence, but for the underlying emotions. A minimalist production, Alexander and Kluver are afforded no option but to depict the appalling events through performance alone. Such audacity could have proven dire in less skilled hands, but these two remarkable performers transform the stage into an inescapable crime scene, depicting the horrific deed and subsequent anguish with unflinching commitment. As Lucrece, Kluver is especially moving, projecting horror, rage, and shame with a heartrending realism. Courageously committed, this is acting at its most primal and profound, recalling ancient storytelling techniques that have lost none of their emotional potency.” (read more)

Audience Review (by Katlin Malm): “I found the show to be very powerful and moving. I have not stopped thinking about it since I saw it. It made me cry, in a good way…”

Audience Review (by Phyllis Kahn): “With all the take offs and parodies of Shakespeare in the festival, it was great to have this dramatic reading of a poem as Will wrote it. Both actors were terrific and it was an emotional experience.”

Audience Review (by Jesse Field): “Are you thrilled to the core? Horrified by war? Then go see this.”

Audience Review (by John Heimbuch): “Fans of Shakespeare’s text, imagery and allegory will find much enjoyment from this production of a rarely-seen work.”

Only two performances left! Come check us out:

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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