OK. Let’s just say it up front. “Pericles” is a play with problems and almost nobody understands it. It’s one of Shakespeare’s last plays and some scholars believe he had a not-too-talented collaborator for half of it. It’s hardly ever staged because it doesn’t sell well.
But none of that deterred the Two River Theater company in Red Bank, NJ, from putting it on their adventurous 2015-16 season schedule that includes an all-male “Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Forum” and the upcoming all-female “I Remember Mama.”
This President’s weekend you can buy sheets or buy a $99 subscription for three plays to one of the most ambitious regional
theaters in the country through Tuesday (Feb.16) and I say people who can get to the Two River Theater in Red Bank (NJ) should jump on it.
Being staged is an all-female production of “I Remember Mama,” Shakespeare’s “Pericles” set in a bar featuring an accordion with music and lyrics by Rinde Eckert, and a new translation of “Ropes,” by Barbara Colio about three sons of the greatest tight rope walker of all time searching for answers.
See. A new work by a leading Latin American playwright and new interpretations of classical work. What’s not to love?
The Two River Theater company announced its 2015-2016 season Monday night before an applause-happy crowd and it includes an all-male Plautus-inspired production of “Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Forum” and an all-female staging of “I Remember Mama” in which none of the 10 actresses are under age 65.
Now that’s something you don’t see very often at the country’s top regional theaters.