Summer Shakespeare delightful and devious at Theatricum Botanicum

Topanga Canyon is one of my guilty pleasures – one among many – and my holiday weekend of Shakespeare at Theatricum Botanicum has started early, with yesterday’s outing of Richard III. Chad Jason Scheppner and Melora Marshall alternate in the title role with Scheppner taking the stage in the performance I saw.

According to the Hollywood Progressive, “Chad Jason Scheppner delivers a wickedly perverse performance as a supervillain who revels in his deceptions, deviousness and dastardly deeds, from unseating monarchs to wooing women he’s made widows of to butchering children to spine tingling acts of treachery: He is the merry knife of Tudor.”

It is a mesmerizing performance.

Next, I follow Richard with A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merry Wives of Windsor, of which the Los Angeles Times says, “Both productions are unpretentious, high-spirited, and fun.”

Exactly what I’m looking for as I celebrate my long weekend with some terrific end of summer theatre. Here’s hoping you take time to make merry and enjoy your long weekend as well. Perhaps I’ll see you in the woodlands of Topanga Canyon.  

Click Here for tickets and information about all of the shows and special events at Theatricum Botanicum.


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