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Christopher J. Simpson

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Review: Contemporary's uninspired Composition

There is an interesting metaphorical framing device for this tale and a few pleasant music interludes, but by and large Composition , an original play by the Contemporary Theater Company, is a case study in loosey-goosey storytelling (through April 17)
A lack of creativity
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 15, 2011

Review: CTC's minimalist Romeo and Juliet

Ah, young love. So sweet, so unguarded, so unwise. Parents can caution the younger of their teenagers all they want, but William Shakespeare has undermined their efforts by promoting the blissful aspect in Romeo and Juliet . Yes, it's a tragedy and the
An amusing tragedy
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 25, 2011

Taking aim

Sometimes even playwrights just wanna have fun.
A play within a play in Stoppard’s Hound
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2010

Shakespeare for dummies

No, it's not sponsored by CliffsNotes. But The Complete Works William Shakespeare (Abridged) , as ably demonstrated by the Contemporary Theater Company (through August 14), shows that the bane of phys-ed majors can be more fun than a barrel of bodkins
The Bard (abridged) at CTC
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 07, 2009