Archive: August, 2013
By Toby Zinman
For the Inquirer
Want to know how old my beatup collected Shakespeare is? So old it doesn’t include The Two Noble Kinsmen. Only recently has the play been included in volumes of the collected plays, as Shakespearian purists relented and opened the door and their minds to plays Shakespeare collaborated on; the other author of TNK is John Fletcher, and the source is Chaucer’s “The Knight’s Tale.” So hats off to Philly Shakes for adding this rarely performed play to local knowledge. And to local pleasure.
This lively -- and free -- production is the culmination of Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre’s annual Classical Acting Academy where actors spend eight weeks immersed in classical techniques. And they sure have learned their lessons.