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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 22 2009

A consummate director, actor, and company manager, Sir Michael Pennington has seen and felt Shakespeare from the inside out, and his engrossing, two-act solo show is one master thespian's appreciation of another. While offering biographical data and telling anecdotes, Pennington also reveals the method in Shakespeare's madness with forensic precision, pointing out parallels among the works, patterns in the wordplay, and evolution in the treatment of love and greatness. Comparing the sorry fates of Shakespeare's literary and real-life children, Pennington makes it clear that the Bard wrote from himself as much as for the Globe. Pennington is the perfect tour guide: affable, assured, and--the highest compliment of all--astonishingly willing to lose himself in Shakespeare in order to find him. --Lawrence Bommer

Price: $46-$56


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