The Winter’s Tale OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    February 10, 2015
    Closing:
    March 15, 2015

    Theater: The Pearl Theater / 555 W 42nd St, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    A moment of jealousy and an act of anger lead to a lifetime of regret for Leontes, the rash king who destroys his family on a whim. But as time glides gently on, fate , love, and a few true friends, are ready to work wonders to restore happiness to his world. In The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s later-career wise and winsome fairytale, nothing is truly lost—certainly not love—if only we know where to seek it.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Winter’s Tale

    ‘The Winter’s Tale’ and Its Wronged Queen, via the Pearl Theater Company

    Alexis Soloski

    February 22, 2015: Sommeliers, please advise: Which wine pairs best with simmering sexual jealousy? What digestif should you serve to a romantic rival? Vinous questions bubble up during Michael Sexton’s production of The Winter’s Tale at the Pearl Theater. The first three acts play out at a tipsy dinner party that could rival Disgraced for discomfiture. At least these Shakespeareans make it to the dessert course before things go seriously awry. In a handsome if hodgepodge dining room (courtesy of the set designer Brett J. Banakis), the Sicilian king Leontes (Peter Francis James) entreats his pregnant wife, Hermione (Jolly Abraham), to convince the Bohemian king Polixenes (Bradford Cover) to stay a little longer. But jealousy, that green-eyed monster, has got Leontes in a stranglehold. He’s convinced himself that Hermione and Polixenes have cuckolded him. So he accuses and imprisons his wife, imperiling her and their boy, Mamillius, and their unborn daughter. Anyone for seconds? Mr. Sexton’s production is elegant, inventive and visually interesting. Bohemia’s seacoast is conjured by shifting and dust-sheeting most of the furniture. The famous bear is summoned in a riot of fur coats. And yet, blame the weather, blame the title, blame the Pearl’s location on an especially frigid block on West 42nd Street, but this staging sometimes seems chilly, too.

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