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EQUIVOCATION at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

Photo by Ian Flanders

Photo by Ian Flanders

Margaret Gray – LA Times

It may sit uneasily with our notion of Shakespeare to imagine him tackling the hot-button issues of his era like a Jacobean David Mamet.

But Bill Cain’s “Equivocation” at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum takes a scholarly theory — that “Macbeth” is a coded chronicle of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 — and runs with it all over the stage in a joyful meta-theatrical romp. Read more…

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

Bill Cain’s Equivocation posits Shakespeare in crisis. Not surprisingly, the bard behaves much as his characters do when facing their great questions. Cain’s character, named Shag, cogitates: To write or not to write. That, plus sly commentary on creativity and politics, witty reflections on Shakespeare’s canon, and a universal point about parental love, thoroughly fill the two-and-a-half hours of this delicious play. Read more…

Now running through Oct. 4.

How to Write a New Book for the Bible, South Coast Repertory

Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.


How to Write a New Book for the Bible by Bill Cain.


Melinda Schupmann –

Narrator Bill (Tyler Pierce) enters with a notebook in hand and announces: “First rule of writing? Write what you know. If writers stuck to it, there would be no books.” On that note, over time, we learn that Bill is a writer, a priest, and, ultimately, a caregiver for his dying mother. Family, we find out, is where we learn what we know. Read more…