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Cymbeline @ The Thearicum Botanicum

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Willow Geer (L) and Thad Geer (R), as Imogen and King Cymebline in the Theatricum Botanicum's run of Shakespeare's Cymbeline | Photo by Ian Flanders.

Thirty-minutes before the opening performance of Cymbeline at Theatricum Botanicum, a quartet of Shakespearian carolers serenaded the soon to be audience. Dressed in their classiest tights and mid-century fluffy hats, the vocalists prepared the crowd with enough musical iambic pentameter to properly train their minds for the Bard’s inimitable English.

Birds chirped, actors practiced their sword play and, as the audience meandered toward their seats, the world was transformed into an interactive, Shakespearean show that was two acts of sheer delight.

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Theatricum Botanicum is a historical jewel. Set deep in Topanga Canyon, the theater was founded by Will Geer in the 1950’s, following a period of intense strife as a black listed actor during the Red Scare.