They say that behind every great man is a great woman. In Something Rotten!, FST’s Mainstage Series opener, Bea Bottom is the “great woman” behind her husband, Nick Bottom—a playwright in Elizabethan England who can’t seem to get out from under the shadow of the Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” Jillian Louis plays the dogged and determined Bea in FST’s production of the … Continue reading Meet Bea, Nick Bottom’s Wife and “Right Hand Man”
by Jack Getz This Season, FST is proud to kick off its Winter Mainstage Series with a play that The New York Post called “Broadway’s new big, fat hit.” Shakespeare is coming to Florida Studio Theatre. Strictly speaking — the knock-off Shakespearean play featured in Something Rotten!, dreamed up by two dirty rotten scoundrels competing with The Bard. To explain their funny business, let’s turn … Continue reading The Musical’s The Thing!
It’s 1595, and there’s plague, Puritans, and a power struggle over who is the paramount playwright. At the top of the heap is “The Bard,” William Shakespeare, and Elizabethan England can’t get enough of him. It is against this backdrop that the hit Broadway musical Something Rotten! unfolds. Forced to live in the shadow of Shakespeare, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom struggle to make ends … Continue reading Welcome to the Renaissance!