Review: Equivocation – It’s all in the Details and Theatricum Gets Them All Right

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Alan Blumenfeld and Ted Barton. Photos by Ian Flanders

Throughout two thirds of Bill Cain’s political thriller Equivocation, a confused Shagspeare (known to us otherwise as Shakespeare, played by Ted Barton) keeps asking questions and getting answers that don’t make sense. Finally a circumspect Father Garnet (Franc Ross) tells him to look for the question beneath the question and suddenly the pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place.

What Shag is having difficulty with are discrepancies in the stories each side tells of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. The event is still celebrated in England today and concerns an alleged Catholic plot to blow up King James (Dane Oliver) and the Parliament.  More

Theatricum Botanicum closes its 2014 All-Shakespeare Season with Equivocation

EquivocationAccording to the history books, the infamous Gunpowder Plot was a conspiracy by England’s marginalized Catholics to blow up Protestant King James I and his entire Parliament. Or was it? What if the official story concealed a darker truth? And what if King James had commanded William Shakespeare to write a play – a “true historie” – in order to further cement the government’s account? These are some of the questions asked in Equivocation, Bill Cain’s witty exploration of political power and artistic integrity.

Equivocation opens on Sept. 5 at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga directed by Mike Peebler and starring Ted Barton, Alan Blumenfeld, Dane Oliver, Franc Ross, Taylor Jackson Ross and Paul Turbiak. Equivocation is at once an explosive comedy of ideas and a high-stakes political thriller. More

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