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 In my previous post, I talked about Midsummer Night's Dream at the Arden Theater.  This post is about the Lantern Theater Company's Coriolanus.  

It was not my favorite Shakespeare this month.  I did like the contemporary costumes that brought the play into a contemporary political context, but it seemed more focused on tricks--CNN-like screens, lots of rushing around and overwhelming sound effects--than actually enunciating the lines, so it was hard to follow if you hadn't seen other versions of the play. 

The second half was better than the first half, because they slowed down the gosh-wow externals and focused more on characters for the drama.  Midsummer worked better overall for me, but it was an afternoon well spent.

Both plays are still playing, so go!  Then tell me what you thought of them!

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