Wednesday, July 15, 2015

"Life Is a Dream"

Life Is a Dream
Pedro Calderón de la Barca
Translated & Adapted by Nilo Cruz
California Shakespeare Company

The Full Cast of Life Is a Dream; Photo by Kevin Berne

Betrayal of love.  Sought revenge.  Family conflicts.  Royal rivalries.  Cross-dressing.  The differences between dream and reality a blur.  The loyal servant with a sharp, witty tongue.  A happy ending for all.

Sound slightly Shakespearean?  How about a near-contemporary whom it is not clear ever read or heard of Shakespeare?  California Shakespeare Company presents on its outdoor stage the rarely seen Life Is a Dream by the 17th Century, Spanish playwright of over 70 plays, Pedro Calderón de la Barca.  Click below to read my full review, published on Talkin’ Broadway.

Rating: 4 E’s 

Life Is a Dream continues at the California Shakespeare Theatre through August 2, 2015.  Tickets are available online at or by calling 510.548.9666.

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