11-Merchant of Venice

THE TEMPEST (2003) “We are such stuff as dreams are made on”… the quote could well be the motto for the Los AngelEs Women’s Shakespeare company’s all-female production of the same: the show is a rich and lavish fantasy adroitly brought to the stage by director Lisa Wolpe…Natsuko Ohama conveys Prospero’s inner revelations with grace and subtlety – Ohama could have played the part completely with her eyes, uttering nary a word and still achieving the required emotional hues… The irrelevancy of gender is testament to this fine production’s mounting of the material, which makes it clear for the onset that it is not a novelty act or some cabaret drag show. This is Shakespeare, expertly performed!