The Front Row

The Front Row, Wednesday, 07/29/2009

We preview one of this year’s two comedies in repertory at the Houston Shakespeare Festival. Founder and director Sidney Berger (pictured) and actor Paul Hope talk about Twelfth Night, considered by many to be one of The Bard's greatest comedies; it's a whimsical tale of hidden and mistaken identities, awkward romance and a ship-wrecked heroine…

Sidney Berger is the founder and director of the Houston Shakespeare Festival. He also stage-directed this year’s production of Twelfth Night, which opens the thirty-fifth edition of the Festival with a performance this Friday evening at 8:30PM at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. Alley Theatre resident company member Paul Hope appears in the play as Malvolio, the steward to Countess Olivia. There will be five performances of Twelfth Night in all; it will be presented every other evening, beginning Friday and continuing through August 8th, alternating with performances of this year’s other Shakespeare Festival offering: Pericles, Prince of Tyre. Listen Download

Stages Repertory Theatre presents Roger Bean’s jukebox musical-comedy revue, The Andrews Brothers, featuring hit songs of the 1940’s made famous by the era’s popular vocal trio, The Andrews Sisters. There are evening performances, Wednesdays through Saturdays, and Sunday matinees, throughout the months of July and August. Castmembers gather in the Geary Performance Studio for a previe session hosted by KUHF’s Bob Stevenson. Listen Download