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Not in Love with ‘Shakespeare in Love’
Alliance Theatre at Oglethorpe

2017 September 7
by Susan Asher

A fantastic movie becomes a bore when it comes to the Alliance Theatre’s staged version of “Shakespeare in Love.”

This thing of darkness, I acknowledge mine as well as my companion who was ready to leave after intermission. And so we did.

The movie was captivating as was the unforgettable performance of Gwyneth Paltrow for her role as Viola, which garnered her an Academy Award. If only we could say the same for this cast and this Viola, my friend and I might have stayed for the entire production. The movie “Shakespeare in Love” was brilliant. What light through yonder window breaks at this production? Very little.

Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, directed by Richard Garner, “Shakespeare in Love” runs on the state at Oglethorpe University through Sept. 24. Tickets are available at the Alliance Theatre.

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