Shakespeare by the Sea’s production of Measure For Measure is a well-played blend of Bard meets spaghetti western in which the translation, while initially unthinkable, turns out to be closer in tone and style in the hands of a nimble and inventive cast than we normally think of the two distinctive periods. Director Patrick Vest appears to grasp that even in the 19th Century West, much of the Elizabethan tongue’s arcane language was prevalent, perhaps to a greater degree than today, and uses that easy familiarity of phrase to his advantage in translating this play.
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John Underwood is an award-winning community television producer and lifetime professional journalist. His experience includes 13 years working for National Public Radio as a reporter in LA. He was employed locally for several years as a contributing reporter for OC Weekly and the Orange County Register. When John is not busy documenting the homeless persons' struggle throughout Orange County, he works as a Production Coordinator for Los Alamitos Community Television, where he produces a talk show named Backstory - an investigative program that tackles the contentious issues of the day. His current documentary series NO FIXED ABODE focuses on channeling the voices of the OC homeless.
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