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.

The Tempest by Charles and Mary Lamb from “Tales from Shakespeare”

Below is a downloadable copy of Mary and Charles Lamb’s telling of The Tempest, from their their 1807 edition of “Tales from Shakespeare“. The download link is at the end.

It could be an excellent help for younger audience members coming to our production of The Tempest next week. Tickets are still available!

The original book is beautifully illustrated and is a fine resource for future explorations of Shakespeare’s works.

Download (PDF, Unknown)

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!”