Production Language English
Country of Origin England, United Kingdom
Description "The actors strip away the academic barnacles that too often make Shakespeare feel like a final exam in Esperanto," Time magazine gushed over Cheek by Jowl's production of As You Like It at BAM last year, "and they allow the playgoer to focus on the emotional gaiety and bewilderment at the heart of the text." In other words, if the play is a classic, toss the elaborate sets and fussy costumes and let the language soar. The acclaimed British theater company has followed that credo since they began in 1981.
This year the company brings John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi. A contemporary of Shakespeare, Webster takes his plot from an intrigue in the Italian court, but puts his own spin on a tale of evil more disturbing than anything cooked up by the modern imagination.