Reviews



Chicanery Abounds in a New 'Alls Well'
Naomi Siegel
The New York Times

Watching "All's Well That Ends Well," Shakespeare's fairy tale of a comedy, now in a captivating new production at the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, we want to believe in the possibility of a truly happy ending. With all the indignities suffered by Helena, the lovely "poor physicians daughter" who is rejected by her husband, were rooting for her to come out a winner.

But a close reading of the text might suggest otherwise. As a reward for curing the ailing king, Helena has chosen the caddish Bertram, Count of Rossillion, as her future spouse. A precipitous wedding follows, but the groom cruelly boasts, in a letter to his horrified mother, that he has "wedded her, not bedded her, and sworn to make the 'not' eternal." Read More


Theater review: 'All's Well,' thanks to the Shakespeare Theatre
William Westhoven
The Daily Record

Although the title is one of the most recognizable of Shakespeare's plays, "All's Well that Ends Well" is not regarded by many theater scholars as one of his best.

As a romance, it can be thoroughly unsatisfying, as one of the lovers is truly unlovable. And much of the comedy seems forced, as though the author knew he would have trouble selling his frequently preposterous tale as a romance.

Thank the stars for the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, which has once again reinforced its reputation for solving the Bard's "problem plays," this time with a novel production featuring just nine actors. Along the way, they introduce a lovely young actress who brings a glowing presence to Madison. Read More


All's Well That Ends Well
Bob Brown
The Princeton Packet

TRUE to its name, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is a full-service operation when it comes to Shakespeare. So its fitting that the less well known of the Bards works should receive their due. Alls Well That Ends Well, last presented here some 10 years ago, is among the infrequently performed plays, and so it lacks the audience following of, say, A Midsummer Nights Dream or Twelfth Night. Read More


"All's Well That Ends Well," delightful at Shakespeare Theatre in Madison
Liz Keill
Independent Press

MADISON Shakespeare Theatres third main stage production of the season, Alls Well That Ends Well, is a convoluted story of mismatched lovers who ultimately sort it all out.

Helena, played with a forthright flair by Ellen Adair, is an orphan whose father was a physician. She gains the favor of the King of France when she cures him of a serious illness. In turn, he offers her as a bride to three suitors. But she only has eyes for Bertram, the Count of Rossillion. Read More


A CurtainUp New Jersey Review All's Well That Ends Well
Simon Saltzman
Curtain Up

The sign at the entrance of the drive that leads us to The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey on the campus of Drew University reads: "Shakespeare's mercurial comedy All's Well That Ends Well." According to Mr. Webster, mercurial is characterized by rapid and unpredictable changeableness of mood. That's a rather perfect way to describe the unexpected shifts in attitudes and "mercurial" behavior of the characters in what is commonly thought of as the Bard's "problem" play. Read More


Memorable Art Nouveau All's Well ...
Bob Rendell
Talkin Broadway

The rarely produced All's Well That Ends Well is possibly the most sour and unloved of Shakespeare's "problem comedies." It has not been produced by the Shakespeare Theatre (NJ) in more than a decade. However, director Stephen Fried has performed an act of alchemy and, odd as it may sound, turned All's Well into an intimate Shavian romp.
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"All's Well" in Madison
Sherri Rase
QOnStage.com

"All's Well That Ends Well" is one of Shakespeare's most unflinchingly unsympathetic plays. In fact, its hero, Bertram, is nearly unlovable by all, save for his mother, and one young lady, who has grown up with him as her sun and her moon. Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's production, directed by Stephen Fried, is set in what looks to be the early 1900s, although in France and in Florence, the cities and the people are timeless.
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All's Well That Ends Well
Ruth Ross
NJ Arts Maven

Ten years ago, when The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey chose Alls Well That Ends Well to inaugurate the brand-new F. M. Kirby Theatre, I thought it an interesting, if risky choice. Interesting, because audiences are generally unfamiliar with the work, and risky, because twenty-first century theatergoers are often troubled by the moral implications of the play.
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Features


TV Actress Plays 3 Roles in 'All's Well' at Shakespeare
Kathy Shwiff
Madison Patch

Tamara Tunie is used to juggling two or three jobs at the same time.

Since mid-August, she has been rehearsing eight hours a day in Madison for the current production at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and she recently resumed shooting the NBC primetime television show "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" during the mornings in New York."Read More


Tamara Tunie tackles trio of roles in 'All's Well That Ends Well'
Peter Filichia
The Star Ledger

She was already a producer, a director and a coroner before she decided to become a duchess, a counselor and a widow.

But that's Tamara Tunie for you. No matter how much shes doing, shes always up for doing more.

"People always assume that I don't need much sleep," she says, while on a rehearsal break at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. "I actually do; I just get a lot of deferred sleep in big clumps of time."Read More


Morris Stage: TV star returns to Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
William Westhoven
The Daily Record

On stage and screen, actress, director, producer and singer Tamara Tunie has done it all. She even juggles on a frequent basis.

Tunie, in fact, has been juggling for almost as long as she's been in the business. On television, she's juggled regular roles in "Law and Order: SVU" (as medical examiner Melinda Warner) and "As the World Turns" (as Jessica Griffin), occasionally tossing in trips to Hollywood for guest roles in "24," "NYPD Blue" and feature films. Read More