'Pericles' opens at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
By RONNI REICH | The Star-Ledger
The stage first appears as a temple to the goddess Diana, all white, pure and sparkling, complete with a pedestal and columns.
But the columns are made of ribbons and are quickly whisked away, and the action shifts to host a Bollywood-style dance, a raging storm at sea and a brothel.
In Shakespeare’s "Pericles," the winds of fate that carry the title character travel at gale force. At the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison, Brian B. Crowe directs a production that dazzlingly and entertainingly conjures new worlds at each step of his journey, with equally strong performances, design and ideas. Click here to read more.
‘Pericles’ at Shakespeare Theatre Blends High Comedy, Deep Drama
By LIZ KEILL | The Alternative Press
“Pericles,” that complicated, convoluted Shakespearean plot, sails along under the astute direction of Brian B. Crowe. The production marks the end of the 51st season for The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, which starts up again in May.
This story takes Pericles, Prince of Tyre, on a meandering journey through Tarsus, Pentapolis, Mytilene and Ephesus. He is first drawn to Antioch, where he may win the hand of Hesperides because he has solved a riddle. But he also discovers that she has an incestuous relationship with her father, Antiochus. Pericles learns he could be put to death and his friend Helicanus encourages him to go to sea until matters cool down. John Hickok plays the kind, concerned the nobleman. Click here to read more.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey finishes its season with a triumph
By BOB BROWN | The Princeton Packet
To crown its season of new, little-known, or unjustly neglected works, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey finishes with a play that is rarely presented yet richly entertaining. Shakespeare’s Pericles, on stage in Madison through Dec. 29, is even considered by some not to be wholly Shakespeare’s.
In her pre-performance remarks, Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte suggested that in this challenging year, it would have been prudent to make the safe choices. But presenting great art isn’t about safety — it’s about commitment, and a belief that audiences will respond. Fortunately, STONJ has drawn enthusiastic theatregoers who are happy to discover plays that they might otherwise never see. Click here to read more.
A CurtainUp New Jersey Review: Pericles
By SIMON SALTZMAN | CurtainUp
Considering the season, Shakespeare's Pericles often affixed with Prince of Tyre might benefit from adding to the title, or, How I Got Home for the Holidays. Falling somewhere between Sinbad the Sailor and Days of Our Lives this convoluted, romantic adventure is one of the more picaresque comedies for which the Bard generally takes only partial credit (scholars have submitted the inference that Shakespeare finished, polished and otherwise improved the dramatic prose and poetry of one George Wilkins.) I like to take the position, that if it wasn't written by Shakespeare, it was written by someone almost as good. Click here to read more.
Review: Pericles a Stylish, Exotic Treat @ STNJ for the Holidays
By RUTH ROSS | News Record | NJ Arts Maven
If you've had your fill of sugar plum fairies and Scrooge but still need a holiday extravaganza "fix," head on over to The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison where Pericles, a little-known, rarely performed bit of Shakespearean "fluff" is being performed in great style.
Written in 1608—not entirely by the Bard—Pericles belongs to the amorphous genre of drama called a "romance," noted for fantastical aspects such as a shipwreck (The Tempest), a dead woman brought back to life (A Winter's Tale), a virgin threatened with deflowering (Measure for Measure), a goddessstepping in to affect the human action (right, Diana and the Chorus) and a long-lost child. The play's episodic nature makes the plot line wander a bit, but Director Brian Crowe has skillfully made cuts to bring the play to a close in just over two hours. Click here to read more.
By JULIE DAMIANO | Picture Book Reviews
In this less familiar Shakespeare play, Pericles (John Barker) discovers that Antiochus and his daughter are carrying on an incestuous affair. This knowledge exposes him to grave danger as Antiochus sets out to kill him. Pericles flees by ship across the Meditteranean where he competes for the heart of the woman he wishes to marry, Thaisa (Maria Tholl). He wins her heart but soon loses his love during childbirth. He buries her at sea in a floating casket. It drifts to the shores of Ephesus where Cerimon, a doctor, restores her consciousness, unbeknownst to Perricles. Their baby, Marina (Lindsey Kyler), is left in the hands of Dionyza (Jacqueline Antaramian) who raises the girl alongside her own daughter. Click here to read more.