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

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.
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See Today’s Playwrights Adapt the Shakespeare Canon at Play On! at Classic Stage Company

In 2015, Oregon Shakespeare Festival commissioned 36 playwrights—more than half of whom were women and playwrights of color, each paired with a dramaturg—to translate Shakespeare’s canon into contemporary modern English. Beginning this May, the 39 resulting work-in-progress adaptations will be presented at Off-Broadway’s Classic Stage Company.