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Shakespeare 'as you like it' on Valentine's Day
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Hath thou a line? Those energetic lads, who are otherwise known as the Improvised Shakespeare Company, dance, sing and even get involved in some swordplay.They’ll perform at the Madison Theatre on Feb. 14.
“This has accelerated at a rate I didn’t expect,” says Swen. “We began with five players playing five shows, and now we have 20 players performing three times a week in Chicago and in New York (three times a year for a week of six shows), and we’re also touring 100 days a year.”
All the while, Swen and company are practicing and perfecting their mastery of Shakespeare’s wit and dialogue so they can
jump right in to their next gig. After all, it’s all in good fun. As Swen says, “we look a little more like Monty Python than Shakespeare.”
So, will love be in the air for ISC’s Valentine’s Day performance? Or will the show take an entirely different direction? You’ll just have to come and see for yourself.
And judging from last year’s response, a good time will be had by all. “The audience loved it,” says Fraboni, “and asked us to bring them back.”
You can be sure this won’t be the last you will see of the ISC at the Madison Theatre.
A workshop with the players precedes the performance, from 4-5:30 p.m. Open to all, but geared to high school and college students, participants will get an introduction to improv in this mini-class with the ensemble. Registration is required.

The Improvised Shakespeare Company
Friday Feb. 14, 8 p.m.
$25, $5 students. Valentine’s Day special offer: Purchase two tickets for $40 and receive a glass of champagne and chocolate. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Madison Theatre at Molloy College, Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre.
(516) 323-4444 or www.madisontheatreny.org.


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