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The Tempest

What the Critics Said:

Caliban and TrinculaThe Marin Shakespeare Company has taken on the challenge of performing the play with their usual enthusiastic no-holds-barred production style….audiences will be treated to such dramatic surprises as Ariel, the spirit who makes her ethereal introduction by floating 200 feet above the stage; Caliban, the island native who roams the stage played by 6-foot, 3-inch, 230-pound ex-professional football player Len Pettigrew; and an ensemble of colorfully costumed dancers whose movements are choreographed to modern jazz dance style with African folk dance inflections. Although the company is young, it is already considered on a par with the stately Shakespeare festivals in Santa Cruz, Orinda and San Francisco.”

_John Papageorge, Marin Independent Journal


the company dances


“Once again the Marin Shakespeare Company has turned the stage and natural setting of Forest Meadows into a magical land full of marvel and illusion….The stage itself has become a rocky headland of grassy crevices, pinnacles and caves surrounded by the water-filled inlets of a great ocean. Borrowed to good effect is the rest of Forest Meadows, providing the dusky, star-filled sky, the cool breezes, the eucalyptus trees and the evening’s creatures….Entertaining and often amusing, it is also full of music and dance; choreography (Gael Thompson), original music (Bruce Gehrke, Dana Mandell), and live drumming (Dan Gorlin) add an enticing dimension….the play is very accessible to young and old alike.”Roberta Floden, Marin Independent Journal


“A magical Tempest. It’s hard to imagine that there could be a setting more magical for Shakespeare's The Tempest than Forest Meadows at Dominican College. It is even harder to imagine a finer set than that created for the Marin Shakespeare Company….Or a more creative use of that set. This is an exquisite Tempest, one set apart by its richness of color and choreography, and its original musical score and live drumming.” Novato Advance


“Director Robert Currier’s The Tempest, produced by the Marin Shakespeare Company at Dominican College, is fresh and vigorous in large part because of his political alertness and psychological insights….In this lavish production (a towering velvet-textured tropical mountain, gaudy and imaginatively ethnic costumes, drummers, dancers, gorgeously extravagant sound effects, and a high wire along which Ariel arrives), a new age does seem primed to dawn….Caliban is invested with an extremely sympathetic, rational point of view by the actor and former star athlete Len Pettigrew…Cynthia Ruffin gives Ariel, too, another point of view, and it is amusing to watch her assessment of character and situation, reacting with an elegant arching of an eyebrow or twitch of the corner of the mouth, obviously possessing an intelligence and perspective far advanced from those she observes….Another good touch is the interpretation of Prospero, as played with a great deal of intelligence and relish by Howard Swain….a cohesive and startling production.” Julia Hawkin, The Gazette

Miranda and Ferdinand - the Tempest 1993


“A lively production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest by the Marin Shakespeare Company offers great summer entertainment….The set…is a work of art.” Bess Davoren, Tiburon Ark

“Marin Shakespeare Company’s The Tempest at Forest Meadows on Saturday night provided some wonderfully magical experiences.”
Doreen Burgin, Commuter Times

 

 

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