Ed. Note: This is a guest post from a close friend of Peekskill Rocks, Dee Volz. The review was written over the summer but was then lost in transmission. We are extremely happy to finally be posting it and hope you enjoy it too.
Who would believe (unless I told you) what an exciting interpretation of “Othello,” in modern dress and appropriate readings of the timeless lines, is presented by the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, a rough half hour drive from Peekskill, at Boscobel on a magnificent estate with a view of the Hudson and surrounding hills? (Near Cold Spring.) Someone with an original insight and fine staging sense has set it in the great white tent that sits on the lawn at Boscobel, cut open on the side to that view. From the moment you hear distant music and see the approach of a group of soldiers in the current style of fatigues, with many women among them, (contemporary touch) to dramatic drum music, you know you are in for a drama all the more exciting because the participants are young and beautiful, and the style contemporary. Recently, as those soldiers approached to the warlike music, I experienced the thrill that only drama can give. “The play’s the thing!” I thought. Perhaps the fabulous stagecraft and mystique is due to the new artistic director, Davis McCallum. I was curious about whose touch did so much magic.
Continue reading A thoroughly modern Othello
… to see the wonderful Wizard of Oz at Peekskill’s Paramount Theatre.
Starts tonight, January 16 and runs through Sunday. Two shows on Saturday. Click here to buy tickets, and get more info.
And for those of you who don’t know, Peekskill does, in fact, have a yellow brick road! For realz! Controversy surrounds whether it had anything to do with the Wizard of Oz, but the author, Frank Baum, did attend Peekskill Military Academy before writing the Oz stories.
Come on down and shake it! Or swing it…
Bill Kline and Katrine Bangsgaard – master swing dancers and teachers from NYC had EMBARK swinging on November 8!
They’re at it again this Saturday, January 10th @ Embark Peekskill
925 South St., 1st Fl.