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  • Although you admire the staging - and in particular, the performances of Michael Rudko, Justin Badger and Alex Morf as the rusticated exiles who come to the heroine's rescue - this "Cymbeline" feels a little unsteady, especially in the early going.

    'Cymbeline': A fairy tale without magic

  • Attempting to conjure the playwright in this ruminative and nostalgic vein, director Rebecca Bayla Taichman delivers a thoughtful, gently ironic "Cymbeline" for the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

    'Cymbeline': A fairy tale without magic

  • Measured against his greatest dramas, "Cymbeline" counts as an iffy achievement for Shakespeare, what with subplots recycled from weightier efforts and characters lacking in lightning-bolt impact.

    'Cymbeline': A fairy tale without magic

  • As a result, a "Cymbeline" that wants to leave you bathed in warmth only manages to be kind of lukewarm.

    'Cymbeline': A fairy tale without magic

  • This idea is not totally new; turning "Cymbeline" into lore passed down through generations is a strategy that has been adopted by directors such as the great experimentalist Andrei Serban and outfits as highly regarded as the Royal Shakespeare Company.

    'Cymbeline': A fairy tale without magic

  • With characters and situations that would have, by this late stage of Shakespeare's career, been familiar to his audiences, "Cymbeline" does seem a vehicle well-suited to treatment as storybook material.

    'Cymbeline': A fairy tale without magic

  • Her "Cymbeline" takes the narrative route of another late-career romance with which it is often grouped: "The Winter's Tale."

    'Cymbeline': A fairy tale without magic

  • At its core, though, "Cymbeline" is the tale of a shattered royal family that implausibly but movingly finds the way to right itself, chiefly through the efforts of the indefatigable Imogen.

    'Cymbeline': A fairy tale without magic

  • So on Wednesday night, after he had seen the play "Cymbeline" at the Shakespeare Theatre with his mother, he hopped on the Metro to the New York Avenue Station, walked home along North Capitol Street and Florida Avenue NW and saw a woman who needed help.

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  • -- "Cymbeline" Rebecca Bayla Taichman directs Shakespeare's play about Imogen's magical journey to find love.

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