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REVIEW: ‘Merry Wives’ rollicking fun in Saratoga’s Congress Park

BY STEVE BARNES SARATOGA SPRINGS — Boisterously performed and wholly realized in the style of a silent-movie comedy from the 1930s, “The Merry Wives of Windsor” is terrific fun for the 13th season of Saratoga Shakespeare Company.

Brenny Rabine and Yvonne Perry, as mistresses Ford and Page, respectively, deliver ace performances as the eponymous wives, who conspire to humiliate lecherous old Sir John Falstaff (Saratoga Shakespeare’s artistic director, Lary Opitz) and to shame Ford’s husband (Tim Dugan) for his jealousy

Full of raucous comedy and scenes written with maximum occasion for good-natured humor, “Merry Wives” seems designed as a comedic seat-filler for Shakespeare, and director David Girard wholly embraces the opportunities. Running at a scant 100 minutes, without intermission, the show speeds along, with actors entering from backstage as well as from the sides, sometimes roaming the grass in Congress Park as the story unfolds… More at Times Union

New partnership between Skidmore, Saratoga Shakespeare

July 18, 2013

The Saratoga Shakespeare Company (SSC), which since 2000 has staged classic theater productions each summer at Congress Park in Saratoga Springs, has introduced a new act to accompany this year’s presentation of The Merry Wives of Windsor… More at Skidmore.edu

REVIEW: Saratoga Shakespeare Co.’s ‘Merry Wives’ is a fun romp in the park

By BOB GOEPFERT SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Shakespeare production of “The Merry Wives” of Windsor” in Congress Park is a high-spirited affair in which the performers have so much fun, the merriment becomes contagious for the audience… More at The Saratogian

REVIEW: A Merry Romp in the Park from Saratoga Shakespeare Company

BY: VALERIE LORD SARATOGA SPRINGS — If If you’re looking for a shady, breezy and fun way to spend an early evening in Saratoga, you could do far worse than visiting Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s delightful production of the bard’s“The Merry Wives of Windsor” in Congress Park through July 28th.

Director David M. Girard has set Shakespeare’s highly accessible farce in 1930s Saratoga Springs. Giving a nod to the 150th anniversary of the Saratoga Racecourse, references to horse racing and nearby locations give it a familiar point of reference and music, dance and sight gags borrowed from old films add to the hijinks… More at Saratoga Wire

REVIEW: Saratoga Shakespeare has merry old time outdoors

BY PAUL LAMAR SARATOGA SPRINGS — If you don’t mind a couple of kids frolicking noisily in the grass behind you, or dogs barking from a nearby condo building, or motorcycles going by on Broadway, or an occasional flying insect, then you will have a good time on the lawn at Congress Park watching Saratoga Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor.”… More at The Daily Gazette

PREVIEW: Merry Wives Comes to Congress Park Next Week

Posted by: Valerie Lord Summer in Saratoga brings many perennial experiences, including horses, tourists, ducks and fireflies. Happily, it also means the annual return of free theater in Congress Park by the Saratoga Shakespeare Company (SSC), which aims to tickle our ribs with a work of the bard not performed in the states as often as it is on the other side of the “pond” … More at Saratoga Wire

Saratoga Shakespeare Company Performs THIS WEEK! Bring the Family to Congress Park!

Saratoga Shakespeare Company performances are one of my absolute favorite family things to do during the summer in Saratoga. I’m a bit of a Shakespeare nerd, and being able to see these amazing productions, free of charge, while sitting in our beautiful Congress Park is seriously a not to miss experience. This summer they have chosen The Merry Wives of Windsor as their production and shows run from July 16th – July 28th, Tuesday-Saturday at 6:30 with preshow entertainment at 6pm and Sundays at 3pm with preshow at 2:30pm… More at Mamatoga

Saratoga Shakespeare Co. horses around with ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’ in Congress Park

By PHIL DREW

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On the heels of the |success of his two |Henry IV plays, with their beloved central figure of the raffish Sir John Falstaff and his bevy of disreputable cohorts, author William Shakespeare “must have thought he was really onto something,” local director and actor David Girard said.

It was not long afterward that Falstaff, a supporting player in the oh-so-dramatic Henrys, got the star treatment in his own play, the decidedly lighter “Merry Wives of Windsor” — or “Falstaff in Love” … More at The Saratogian

SARATOGA SHAKESPEARE COMPANY in NEW YORK MAGAZINE

NewYorkMagazine_logoThe Saratoga Shakespeare Company was recently featured in in the May 10, 2013 issue of NEW YORK MAGAZINE in THE FIVE POINT WEEKEND ESCAPE PLAY – Skip the Horse Races in Saratoga Springs under Things to Do.

CLICK HERE TO READ IT: Check it out for some wonderful tips on where to stay, where to eat and what to do before or after THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR this summer.

Theater Camps Provide Summer Learning Opportunities for Kids

Shakespearience!Saratoga Shakespeare is having a good season in Saratoga this year. In addition to HMT’s offering, Saratoga Shakespeare Company is presenting the first year of their “Shakespearience.” Running the week of July 22-26, two groups are offered from 10-3 each day at Skidmore College. “Young Bards,” for ages 9-13 promises “a thrilling week of ensemble exercises and theater games” with a Shakespearean twist. Students ages 14-18 may sign up for the “SSC Teen Ensemble” which “focuses on what it means to be a part of a theatre company. Students will have training in: voice and movement, improvisation, ensemble work, Shakespearean scene study and stage combat” … more at Saratoga Wire

 

Saratoga Shakespeare Co. to present bard’s version of “The Real Housewives of Saratoga”, welcome new director this season…

SARATOGA SPRINGS — This summer, Saratoga Shakespeare Company will present a rollicking production of Shakespeare’s hilarious sitcom ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor.” To honor 150 years of arts and racing, Merry Wives will be set in our own Saratoga Springs and will feature “The Real Housewives of Saratoga.” The production will run July 16 to 28 in historic Congress Park… more at The Saratogian

2012 SSC In the News

Malvolio (David Girard) serves only his Mistress Olivia (Sara Cordoba)

Malvolio (David Girard) serves only his Mistress Olivia (Sara Cordoba)

‘Twelfth Night’ set in South Beach works in the heat

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Twelve years ago, Saratoga Shakespeare came into existence by offering a production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” To celebrate the anniversary, the company is doing the romantic comedy once again. It plays at 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sundays through July 29 in Congress Park. Admission is free. It’s a good choice for many reasons. It’s one of Shakespeare’s best and most accessible plays that will satisfy the most casual audience member while pleasing the devotees of Shakespeare… more at The Saratogian

Feste (Jorge Hernandez) and Mariah (Patricia Cuthbert) matching wits

Feste (Jorge Hernandez) and Mariah (Patricia Cuthbert) matching wits

Miami Spice

Saratoga Shakespeare Company contemporizes Twelfth Night with a Latin accent

It’s unlikely that pink flamingos were part of the set design for Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night during its Elizabethan run, but for this season’s production by Saratoga Shakespeare Company, flamingos, and panama hats and Salsa music, make perfect sense… more at Metroland

A contemporary staging of Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s “Twelfth Night” is set in Miami’s South Beach. (ERIN ROSSI photo)

A contemporary staging of Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s “Twelfth Night” is set in Miami’s South Beach. (ERIN ROSSI photo)

John Romeo/Interview – Twelfth Night

SARATOGA SPRINGS — In his three decades as an actor/educator with the now-defunct New York State Theatre Institute, John Romeo never portrayed Sir Toby Belch in William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” …more at The Saratogian.

2011 SSC in the News

Merchant-pic7REVIEW: Saratoga’s free ‘Merchant’ a richly rewarding show

SARATOGA SPRINGS — After watching William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice,” one should be awarded an honorary English degree, so packed is the play with literary devices, turns of phrase and brilliant verbal gamesmanship. All of those elements ring clear and true in Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s current production of the play, in Congress Park through July 24… Read more at Times Union

Merchant-pic8Review: Shakespeare Co. bring Renaissance experience to Congress Park

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Minus flying rotten fruit and jeering, Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s production of “The Merchant of Venice” allows viewers a glimpse into what it might have been like watching a Shakespeare comedy live at the Globe Theatre in 1599 … more at The Saratogian

Saratoga Shakespeare Company performances are one of my absolute favorite family things to do during the summer in Saratoga. I’m a bit of a Shakespeare nerd, and being able to see these amazing productions, free of charge, while sitting in our beautiful Congress Park is seriously a not to miss experience. This summer they have chosen The Merry Wives of Windsor as their production and shows run from July 16th – July 28th, Tuesday-Saturday at 6:30 with preshow entertainment at 6pm and Sundays at 3pm with preshow at 2:30pm.