Author Archives: jereco1962

Burning Down the (Doll’s) House

While I can appreciate the historical importance of Henrik Ibsen’s seminal work, A Doll’s House, as well as comprehend why it was so controversial in 1879 when it premiered, I also understand that its time has passed. Producers: cut it … Continue reading

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Revisiting The Normal Heart

30 years ago, in the summer of 1987, I was cast in a new play called The Normal Heart. It had premiered a couple of years previously Off-Broadway and this was to be its Denver premiere. I was excited about … Continue reading

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Call the Dramaturg!

If we must continue setting Shakespeare in different times/contexts (and I have no problem with the practice, myself – I’ve seen it work quite well many times), then can we please agree to do our research and make sure the … Continue reading

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Some Sacred Cows Should be Roasted

I recently saw the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s production of The Taming of the Shrew. It was entertaining enough, though admittedly I’m not a huge fan of the play (and not merely because of its misogyny – as a piece of … Continue reading

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Seven Sisters and the Author’s Intent

I just saw a friend’s play and while I quite admired many things about it, I was uncomfortable with many more, and didn’t know whether it was the script, the production, or my own prejudices that made me squirm. The … Continue reading

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How will this fadge?

I saw Act One of a messy Twelfth Night this evening, but I won’t go on about it (been there, done that on Facebook), except to reiterate that Viola’s famous ring speech ends with two lines of precise iambic pentameter, … Continue reading

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No Sacred Cows Allowed

My last rant was on the pedantic nature of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, which is more of an essay than a play, in my opinion. But there are other plays that stick in my craw much more than that one, … Continue reading

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