“Tempest” Recap

Howdy Internet,


I just returned from two weeks up in Vermont performing Caliban in “The Tempest” with Vermont Shakespeare Company. It was a wonderful experience with an immensely talented cast and crew. We received a rave review in the weekly Vermont newspaper Seven Days. Here is what they had to say about my performance:



“The current of energy first invoked by Prospero’s incantations remains high throughout the show, whether that spark is embodied by the brutish, Gollum-like Caliban (Dean Linnard), revived by the drunken antics of sailors Trinculo (Christopher Payseur) and Stephano (Collin Smith) or reflected in the eyes of the two young lovers …


[T]he physical comedy enacted by Caliban and the two sailors is riotous and perfectly timed. When Trinculo crawls under a pile of rags, with which Caliban has disguised himself to escape a second tempest, the resulting quadruped of their jumbled limbs is worthy of a “Saturday Night Live” skit …


Linnard pours heart and soul into the crouching, wretched slave Caliban, spending much of the performance hunched over on his knuckles. The requisite teeth gnashing and dirty garments capably represent Caliban’s evil nature, but Linnard does well to infuse a touch of pathos, as well.” (Lindsay J. Westley, “Weathering a Real “Tempest,” the Show Goes On for Vermont Shakespeare Company” in “Sate of the Arts,” August 15th 2012)



You can read the entire review here:




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