Brainin refigures the Bards 17th-century tale -- about a duke who leaves his government in the hands of a near-dictator -- for modern times. While actors still speak like its 1604, they do so on cell phones as they stroll urban streets -- which look a little bit like Clevelands. The city is worn and used, but can still look beautiful -- depending on the eye of the beholder, says Brainin.
Measure for Measure stands as one of Shakespeares most hotly contested works. Audiences never know whether to laugh or gasp. The ending is kinda vague. And the characters arent very likable. The new leader even puts people to death for having sex. Plus, theres a nun at the center of it all who may or may not give up her vows to hook up with the duke. Its an interesting ride, says Brainin.
Wednesdays-Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: Oct. 5. Continues through Oct. 19, 2007