From Sam Hurwitt in the March/April 2013 issue of Theatre Bay Area: Even for a company more geared toward contemporary work than the classics, it's been a surprisingly long time since Berkeley Rep staged a Shakespeare play - since Much Ado About Nothing in 2001. Not that the company does that much of the Bard in general, at least not anymore: It staged just two of his plays in the 1990s, three in the '80s, and a whopping 11 way back in the '70s, when it was geared toward old plays in general. It's been just about as long since acclaimed British director Mark Wing-Davey has directed at the Rep, too, since Naomi Iizuka's 36 Views in 2001, but he used to be a frequent visitor, staging Bertolt Brecht's The Life of Gailileo (1999), George Farquhar's The Beaux' Strategem (1995) and his frequent collaborator Caryl Churchill's Mad Forest (1992). See what happens when Wing-Davey takes on one of Shakespeare's messiest and most madcap adventures, full of pirates, brothels and shipwrecks.
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