Let me tell you a story. You’ll have to listen well since the cicadas and crickets have devious plots. Plots as thick and syrupy as Cassius’ (Utkarsh Rajawat) to slide vengeance into the noble heart of Brutus (Shannon Ziegler) under the guise of freedom. Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s production of Julius Caesar is like a story told with a group of friends and family: a campfire tale told in a semi-circle of Tikki torches in the swirling beauty on the ground of the Evergreen Museum and Library.
Black lives matter. Blue lives matter. All lives matter. Can you address the nature of all human life being important without being effusive to one group or another or erasing the suffering that they’re experiencing when it comes to social injustice in the world where we currently live? Cohesion Theatre Company presents the penultimate production of their second season, Force Continuum by Kia Corthron, as a social examination to the current political climate— not only in Baltimore— but across the nation when it comes to dealing with the controversial topic of racial inequality and how it is placed in the system of law and order.
Tis indeed summer and that to the world of the Bard means Much Ado About Nothing. And the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory is no exception to that rule as they mount their first in-the-round production this summer. Taking the well recognized comic back to its simplistic basics, the BSF strips away the scenery and all the other convolutions that can often clog-up Shakespeare’s wittiest comedy and present it in its original essence.