Review: Shakespeare’s darkest comedy, ‘Measure for Measure’ seems ripped from the headlines

Published Sep. 12, 2019 at 4:15 PM | Updated Sep. 13, 2019

Can Shakespeare truly resonate with contemporary audiences? When the comedy of “Measure for Measure” features corrupt politicians, sexual harassment and hypocritical abuses of power, the NOLA Project’s rendition often bears a ripped-from-the-headlines aura.

Opening its 15th season with a production in the Great Hall of the New Orleans Museum of Art, the company adds to that modern mood by using a contemporary verse adaptation of the text by playwright Aditi Kapil. The result allows the laughs to flow freely through the raucous and entertaining piece.