Review of The Tempest

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From Audrey Wong’s “Bucket List” April Edition

“Apr 25: San Jose Youth Shakespeare performed “The Tempest” at The Historic Hoover Theatre in San Jose. I thought my back would force me to leave at intermission, but the play was so good I stayed to the end. Children performing full-length Shakespeare plays – wow!”

and continuing by comparing us favorable to OSF

“…In San Jose Youth Shakespeare, I see the same intensity of artistic vision, deep respect for the genre, love of language, hard work, dedication, and joy. What impresses me most is the company’s adaptability and ingenuity to “make do” with what they have while keeping Shakespeare intact, accessible, and highly enjoyable. Envisioning Ariel as seven (yes, seven) young girls darting here and there like a school of fish; turning Caliban into a two-headed monster; and creating a lurking alter-ego for Prospero – these were marks of genius. Director Bob Rumsby and his troupe deserve high praise.

“We have a number of stellar arts groups right here in our own back yard. We need to find and support them!”

We are very glad Audrey Wong enjoyed our performance and could have so many kind words to describe the work of our youth and our Director, Bob Rumsby.

Yelp Reviews


Joanna M.
April 2, 2014

“San Jose Youth Shakespeare clearly understands Shakespeare. They are a passionate and extremely well directed troupe and their performances are well staged and articulate. We have attended Romeo and Juliet as well as The Merchant of Venice and look forward to seeing The Tempest this April.”

Roseanne S.
San Jose
April 2, 2014

“I’m hooked on productions by the San Jose Youth Shakespeare company. The young actors really get Shakespeare, and what the audience gets is a rollicking good time. None of that old-fashioned “I’m a hoity toity Shakespearan actor” pretentiousness. I’ve attended about six of the shows, and I’m always eagerly waiting for the next one. I enjoyed their productions better than any Shakespearean plays I’ve seen elsewhere, and as a Shakespeare lover, I’ve seen a lot!”

Here’s a wonderful review of Macbeth!

Dear Players:

My daughter and I attended the opening of Macbeth on August 9th and were overwhelmed by the quality of acting in all players, but
especially in the principal characters. Attending the performance
with us was a mother and daughter, long-time supporters of
Shakespeare Santa Cruz and well- versed in all the plays. They too were astounded at how the players made clear even the more subtle aspects of the play in their clear delivery of their lines.
More important, and more difficult to achieve, was the clear delivery of the emotional content of the play, from the tear-provoking mad scene by Lady Macbeth and Macbeth’s climb onto the table to face Banquo’s ghost, to the brilliant but brief appearances of the Porter, Lady MacDuff and her children, down to the messenger who fears to report the movement of Birnam Wood.

In addition to the fine work on stage, the house was well managed and ran smoothly, especially for an opening night. The costuming and makeup (my daughter especially admired the witches) was lovely. The music was tasteful and beautifully performed.

May I add that we were equally impressed with Twelfth Night. You all have my respect and admiration. You are truly professionals.

– Kelly Clawson

Reviews at A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Julius Caesar

Reviews in 2010 from:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
“Another fabulous production!”
Review posted by: Lisa from Milpitas, CA, Mar 15, 2010
Another fabulous performance by the cast of YouthShakes! I heard several in the audience say this was the best “play within a play” they had seen, after attending several other productions of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. These actors really know what they’re doing — the audience howled with laughter. Productions by San Jose Youth Shakespeareare are well-directed, professional and worthy of more than one viewing!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
“Thanks again SJYS for an enjoyable show!”
Comment posted by: Cara A. from San Jose, CA, Mar 14, 2010
This is the 4th SJYS show I’ve brought my 8 year old to see, this time I also risked bringing my extra squirrelly, easily bored 5 year old…who woke me up this morning to say “thank you for bringing me to that play you bringed me to last night, it was hilarious!” ‘Nuff said.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
“Very enjoyable show!”
Comment posted by: Laura from Northern Peninsula, CA, Mar 12, 2010
This was a wonderful production to see as a family. Our five year old happily sat through the whole thing, and truly enjoyed it. Our 8 year old loved it, and laughed his head off in places. We adults were impressed with the performances, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended!

Julius Caesar
“The quandary of Brutus”
Review posted by: Jennifer Dees from San Francisco, CA, Aug 14, 2009
An intriguing production with a very strong Brutus and an equally strong Cassius. For such young men, these two actors infused their roles with the well imagined life experience of Roman senators. The quandary of Brutus was clear; great respect for Caesar, but how to accept a king?

Julius Caesar
“Very enjoyable”
Comment posted by: Lisa from San Jose, CA USA, Jul 20, 2009
Our family has always thoroughly enjoyed the productions by San Jose Youth Shakespeare. They are extremely professional and well worth the effort to go and see. We’ll definitely be back for the next…