Fascinating and ambiguous, this Elizabethan “dark” comedy is modern in spirit as a ruler puts his own government on trial, uncovering hypocrisy and excess, emphasizing the need for personal and political equilibrium.
“Shakespeare specifically set this play in Vienna. He creates a world where there is a struggle between licentiousness and political and social repression. It was a time when barriers were being broken and new and stricter barriers were being erected. For me, Vienna between the two [world] wars mirrors almost exactly the society Shakespeare set up.”
–Michael Kahn (director) in An American Classic: Shakespeare Theatre Company
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