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07.08.2014 | | Posted at 02:00 PM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Milwaukee-based director Leda Hoffmann is clearly having a lot of fun with The Comedy of Errors. The production she is directing as it is being staged with Door Shakespeare in Bailey's Harbor. That fun is kinetic enough to transfer to the stage in the intimate outdoor theater in Door County. The trees and their leaves serve as much of the set of the outdoor space with only a couple of constructed ...
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The intimate outdoor experience of Door Shakespeare comes in comedic and tragic moods this summer as it presents both Macbeth and Love’s Labour’s Lost. The lesser known of the two, Love’s Labour’s Lost, is a light
07.02.2012 | | Posted at 03:26 PM

A theatre group in transition turns to a classic Shakespearian romantic comedy

By Russ Bickerstaff
  Last fall, Jerry Gomis and Suzanne Graff left Door Shakespeare. When two directors leave a relatively small theatre company, things change. And when a company is as appreciated as Door Shakespeare is, things don't collapse altogether. They shift, but they don't collapse.   And so it is that the largely outdoor summer theatre company in Door County returns to a two-show season this summer und...
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Nestled in its little corner of Door County, Bjorklunden feels like a section of Baileys Harbor that is caught beyond time. There's a strange quality to the air that seems more authentic and less touristy than the rest of the Lower Peninsula...
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Fish Creek's venerable Peninsula Players continues its 77th season with Larry Shue's classic comedy The Nerd. The story of an insufferably annoying man made its world debut in Milwaukee in April 1981. It has since been staged all over the country. The story concerns itself with an...
07.08.2010 | | Posted at 04:23 PM

Door Shakespeare Opens Its 2010 Season This Weekend

By Russ Bickerstaff
 Door Shakespeare is easily one of the most organic outdoor theatres in the state. The “stage” is actually a clearing in the woods in Bailey’s Harbor surrounded by folding chairs. Productions feature minimal set and costuming in favor of some really impressive acting . . . quite a few people in any Door Shakes cast are Equity—quite often from out of state. I’ve had some amazingly vis...
08.04.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
STUFFY BACKGROUND CRITICISMIt’s a bit difficult to say anything about Shakespeare that hasn’t already been said. When a towering genius has received so much recognition as to actually come across as being over-rated, it’s a bit difficult to know what to say about the man . . . or any of his individual works, for that matter. The Merchant of Venice is, relatively speaking, one of Shakespeare�...
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Theater Review

Outdoor theater has a strange kind of life when seen by a small audience in an intimate setting. It’s this sense of intimate immediacy that gives Door Shakespeare its charm. It may lack the funding found in other summer stock, but makes up for it in depth of performance. The company’s production of Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond Rostand’s tale of love and valor, resonates beautifully even if it suffers from lack of breadth. A charming, romantic fellow whose appearance keeps him from being romantic with a woman, Cyrano is very popular with everyone he comes into contact with. The problem with the Door Shakespeare’s . . .