Festival feminism

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter

By Ken Trainor

Staff writer

Will Shakespeare's early farce, Two Gentlemen of Verona, continues its run in Austin Gardens through Aug. 22, but Festival Theatre is already looking ahead to next summer.

Last week, the Festival Theatre board approved their 2016 lineup and it has a decidedly feminist slant (or anti-feminist, depending on your interpretation). Artistic Director Jack Hickey, recommended that the season include Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion (which the musical My Fair Lady is based on). Both plays feature strong female characters and we suspect it was not lost on the Festival troupe that a strong female character will likely be running for president next summer. 

Should be an interesting summer, which takes nothing away from this summer when Festival's first play, To Kill a Mockingbird, also featuring a strong female character, broke box office records.

And you still have two weekends left for an evening in the park with Shakespeare.

Ken Trainor

Email: ktrainor@wjinc.com

Reader Comments

No Comments - Add Your Comment

Note: This page requires you to login with Facebook to comment.

Comment Policy

Facebook Connect

Answer Book 2018

To view the full print edition of the Wednesday Journal 2018 Answer Book, please click here.

Quick Links

Sign-up to get the latest news updates for Oak Park and River Forest.

MultimediaContact us
Submit Letter To The Editor
Place a Classified Ad

Classified Ad