(l) John Douglas Thompson as Prospero and John Lam as Ariel.
It's my favorite Shakespeare play, The Bard's last work, mystical, whimsical and magical, a word I rarely use. The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's new production of THE TEMPEST currently playing under the stars on Boston Common is a sheer summer delight you do not want to miss.
Like in the play itself, nature conspired and conjured up a respite of perfect weather for this classic tale on the night we attended. How could one go wrong? A stunning night in Boston, a quiet crowd munching on beautiful picnic spreads and all in anticipation of escaping this past year with friends and art-lovers of all ages and backgrounds. And if that wasn't enough how about our friend John Lam, cast in his first dramatic role (he's principal dancer of The Boston Ballet) sprinkling that magic dust all over the stage?
Siobhan Juanita Brown as Gonzala.
We recommend that you do reserve space in advance as it is limited and the crowds can be large. We sat in "the wings" but there really is not a bad spot for viewing. (I walked around and checked). A blanket and sumptuous picnics are allowed (no tables or large chairs) and we do suggest renting a beach chair in advance at a nominal fee of $10.00. The production is free. Bravo!