Pin It

David reviews "SaMe SeX sHaKeSpEaRe" 2014 

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.

click to enlarge SaMe SeX sHaKeSpEaRe, performed at Xerox Auditorium - PHOTO BY JOHN SCHLIA
  • PHOTO BY JOHN SCHLIA
  • SaMe SeX sHaKeSpEaRe, performed at Xerox Auditorium
click to enlarge PHOTO BY JOHN SCHLIA
  • PHOTO BY JOHN SCHLIA
click to enlarge PHOTO BY JOHN SCHLIA
  • PHOTO BY JOHN SCHLIA
click to enlarge PHOTO BY JOHN SCHLIA
  • PHOTO BY JOHN SCHLIA

click to enlarge PHOTO BY JOHN SCHLIA
  • PHOTO BY JOHN SCHLIA
click to enlarge PHOTO BY JOHN SCHLIA
  • PHOTO BY JOHN SCHLIA

In This Guide...

Speaking of...

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in Rochester Fringe Festival

More by David Raymond

Readers also liked…

  • Rochester Fringe Festival 2016: Preview

    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.

    • Sep 7, 2016
  • A thoughtful slice

    Comedian Patton Oswalt discusses philosophy, comedy, and how stand-up will always be his mainstay

    • Sep 7, 2016

Latest in Rochester Fringe Festival

More by David Raymond

Browse Listings

Submit an event

Tweets @RocCityNews

© 2016 City Newspaper.

Website powered by Foundation.