|Jesse F. Vaughn, Gabriel A. Ross, John Fisher & Sean Keehan|
Subtitled “Everything I needed to know about Shakespeare I learned from my high school English teacher,” John Fisher’s latest play, “Shakespeare Goes to War,” is clearly his personal homage to one or more teachers who pointed him toward his career in theatre. This Theatre Rhinoceros, world premiere play being staged at Thick House in San Francisco is a montage of several, compelling stories; but at its heart, it is about a man’s enduring love and admiration for a teacher who gave him a life’s worth of inspiration in two separate semesters of his freshman and senior years. Five actors play fifteen parts in the halls of a late-1970s suburban high school and in a German prison camp the last two years of WWII, enacting the intertwining lives and vignettes on the Thick House’s tiered platforms where the audience normally sits while we look upward from the flat stage surface at the action in school hallways, prison bunkhouse, and war-time battlefields.
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