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It’s a telling experience when you wake up the morning after seeing a play, and it’s still there with you, its spectacles, sounds and surprises pulsing in your mind hours after the theater emptied.
The American Repertory Theater, which continued a run of Broadway-bound productions this season, and the fringe Zeitgeist Stage Company took the most honors at Monday’s 32d annual Elliot Norton Awards for the best in local theater.
Despite its stylistic edge, the ART’s new production of “The Tempest” doesn’t blow up Shakespeare’s play so much as bring it alive in new garb.
WBUR/ARTery: This Magic Moment: Trust The Tale — And Teller — In A.R.T.’s ‘The Tempest’ (May 16, 2014)
Make that “We are the stuff of which magic is made on.”
The magician Teller, of Penn & Teller fame, is known for stunning illusions. He’s also known for not speaking onstage. So you may be surprised to learn that Teller actually loves the spoken word — particularly that of the great master, William Shakespeare.
Magic was in Teller’s blood from a young age, and, it turns out, so was Shakespeare. When he was ten his grandfather -- a Russian immigrant who worked as a Philadelphia streetcar driver -- gave the family a complete set of Shakespeare’s plays.
Teller, the mononymous magician, says that his upcoming production of “The Tempest” began as the stuff of dreams — his, to be precise.
For the past few years, Teller, the usually silent half of the Las Vegas illusion duo known as Penn & Teller, has been conjuring an ambitious theatrical collaboration — a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s fantasy play “The Tempest” with a live band, acrobatic choreography and hefty doses of magic.
Misner’s athletic dancing is stunning for its shameless libidinousness. Her choreography and what the rest of the troupe does with it is a pleasure to behold.
Make some calculations and find a way to get to the OBERON before this show closes on April 27. This is one of those rare "NOT TO BE MISSED" works of art.