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  The $5 Shakespeare Company at Theatre 68

The $5 Shakespeare Company

Theatre 68
5112 Lankershim Blvd. Hollywood

THE $5 SHAKESPEARE COMPANY earnestly and hilariously exposes the trials and tribulations of doing intimate theatre in Los Angeles. Through a fictional down-and-out Shakespeare company in Hollywood, this play examines the significance (and insignificance) of doing 99-seat theatre for little-to-no pay, when there are more people on stage than in the audience, in a town obsessed with film and television. Can art have meaning if it fails to connect to an audience, and likewise can our lives have meaning if we fail to connect with each other?

Thru - Mar 8, 2020

Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

Price: $35

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 323-467-6688

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  The $5 Shakespeare Company Reviews
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Stage and Cinema - Not Recommended

"...In the performance reviewed, actor Joel Bryant, with 24-hours' notice, stepped into a role of Noel to replace an injured actor for what may or may not be a singular night. With book in-hand, he rarely used it. Even with Leavitt's dialog that, as Hamlet said, doesn't fall "trippingly on the tongue," he delivered one of the show's top performances. Maybe, ironically, The $5 Shakespeare Company got its message across after all."
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Marc Wheeler

Stage Scene LA - Highly Recommended

"...Aficionados of L.A.'s intimate theater scene will find themselves in 99-seat heaven at The $5 Shakespeare Company, Matthew Leavitt's ever so clever, ever so delightful World Premiere backstage comedy gem."
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Steven Stanley

The Tolucan Times - Highly Recommended

"...The $5 Shakespeare Company lovingly satirizes the world of 99 seat theatre and the role of acting in its entertaining, high octane show."
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Mary Mallory

Stage Raw - Recommended

"...The play is a love letter to L.A. theatre, Shakespeare, and all the artists who put up with less-than-desirable circumstances out of their yearning to perform. The $5 Shakespeare Company shares that feeling of magic that comes with performing stories that have been around long before our time, and which will remain long after we are gone."
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Julia Stier

Haines His Way - Recommended

"...Leavitt has written some fun characters and the cast ably inhabits their roles under the assured direction of Joel Zwick. Besides painting a truer-than-life exhibit of the 99-seat theatre scene and its inhabitants (doing A Midsummer Night's Dream in Hawaiian shirts, muumuus, leis and flip flops) Leavitt also pokes some satiric jibes at Scientology. Cell phones on stage, oiled hunks causing their leading ladies to break out in hives, cheap props and cheesy costumes-they are all here. Leavitt has written too many heartfelt speeches and false endings in the final ten minutes and should do some judicious trimming. Until then sit back, relax, laugh, enjoy and hope that your 99-seat theatre experience is as much fun as it is for The $5 Shakespeare Company."
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Rob Stevens

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