The Rochester Shakespeare Players' "SaMeSeXsHaKeSpEaRe" was a hit at last year's festival, and if you've ever wanted to see Macbeth in a red power suit and heels, or Hamlet as the original emo teen, you have one more chance to see the 2014 edition, on September 26. This is a nicely paced, 45-minute tour through familiar scenes from the plays mentioned above, plus "Twelfth Night" and a sonnet, with the genders reversed ("Macbeth's" Weird Sisters are now Weird Homeless People) or otherwise scrambled. This approach doesn't especially enhance Shakespeare's language and characterizations, but on the other hand it does them no harm, and the gender-bending can be fun to watch. There are some engaging performances here, especially from Melyssa Hall and Katherine Sanford as Mr. and Mrs. Macbeth and, in an encounter between Olivia and Viola from "Twelfth Night," Alec Powell as Olivia and Rusty Allen as Viola (playing a woman playing a man dressed as a woman ... I think I got that right).
You can catch "SaMeSeXsHaKeSpEaRe" again on Friday, September 26, at The TheatreROCS Stage at Xerox Auditorium. 10:30 p.m. $9.
With more than 500 performances taking place Thursday, September 15, through Saturday, September 24, there's a lot to take in. We'll help you get started.
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