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A Play by Any Other Name Is Still Shakespeare

Harold Bloom is perhaps the world’s preeminent scholar on all things Shakespeare. A purist, Bloom considers Shakespeare to be the epicenter of Western literature, has been known to refer to the bard as God himself, and believes that any playwright, director, or theater company that presumes to change, update, modernize, or reimagine Shakespeare should be shot. So he probably should not attend Thinking Cap Theatre’s latest production, Que(e)rying Shakespeare, playing at the Wine Cellar at 1 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Wednesday. The two-act performance includes scenes from Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing. Shakespeare’s Othello is given a feminine twist in Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief, and the most tragic love story ever told becomes Juliet the Cougar. Fundamentalist bardolatry aside, old Will would probably have heartily approved of such reinvention. After all, Shakespeare revolutionized theater, populated his stage with drag queens, and created many of the figures of speech still used today. Tickets cost $12.05 in advance or $15 at the door at the Wine Cellar (199 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park). Visit, or call 813-220-1546.
Sat., April 23, 1 p.m.; Wed., April 27, 7 p.m., 2011

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