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Shakespearean sonnets come to life on New Phoenix stage

The static stanzas of Shakespeare’s lovelorn sonnets will come booming to life on Feb. 12 as part of Kelli Bocock-Natale’s newly conceived production of “Love’s Passionate Fire” in the New Phoenix Theatre (95 Johnson Park).

The show, pegged to Valentine’s Day and billed as a “contemporary look” at the Bard’s rarely staged poetry, will add layers of music and movement to the sonnets to animate an inner meaning that sometimes lurks behind their anachronistic language. The cast features Eric Rawski, Bobby Cooke, Nick Lama, Michael Wachowiak, Noah Doktor and Joseph Natale.

Bocock-Natale, the New Phoenix Theatre’s artistic director, has a special knack for Shakespeare. Her New Phoenix productions of “Macbeth” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” both praised for their use of calculated movement to express peculiar Shakespearean moods, were welcome opportunities for theatergoers to see the Bard’s work indoors. “Love’s Passionate Fire” provides the same opportunity, with the added bonus of drawing from material that rarely receives the full theatrical treatment.

The show runs through Feb. 27. Tickets are $20 to $30. Call 853-1134 or visit newphoenixtheatre.org.

– Colin Dabkowski

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