David Cote and I split duties this week on covering the visiting Propeller Company at BAM for Time Out New York. He went to Taming of the Shrew. I to Twelfth Night.
Propeller is an all-male Shakespeare ensemble run by Edward Hall (son of Sir Peter). I was mildly impressed with their Midsummer Night's Dream a couple of years ago, missed their recent Winter's Tale, and now was underwhelmed by Twelfth Night, though some aspects were admirable.
For my money, Declan Donnellan's 1994 As You Like It (with Adrian Lester as Rosalind) set the bar pretty high for modern all-male stagings. Propeller, by contrast, feels like very smart Drama School work, but, so far, rarely exciting or very different from what I've seen before of these plays.
Still, nice photo, eh?