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American Players Theatre actor James DeVita brings his autobiographical one-man show "In Acting Shakespeare" to Marquette on Wednesday. The performance is free.
American Players Theatre actor James DeVita brings his autobiographical one-man show "In Acting Shakespeare" to Marquette on Wednesday. The performance is free. (Photo: Carissa Dixon)

The best theater deal you will ever get

This is such a great deal, I had to reread the press release twice to believe my eyes.

Marquette University is celebrating William Shakespeare's birthday week on Wednesday by presenting American Players Theatre actor and writer James DeVita in his autobiographical one-man show "In Acting Shakespeare," and the performance is FREE.

The longtime Wisconsin stage artist will make his off-Broadway debut in New York next January doing the play about his journey from being an indifferent student and commercial fisherman to becoming one of the outstanding classical theater actors in the country. The show is funny and poignant.

"In Acting Shakespeare" debuted in the APT's indoor Touchstone Theatre in Spring Green in 2009, and DeVita performed it here in a Renaissance Theaterworks production a year ago. He will do it for the Pearl Theatre Company on 42nd Street in New York Jan. 10 to Feb. 3, 2013.

The Marquette presentation will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Weasler Auditorium, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave. Here is my review of the Renaissance Theaterworks production of the show.

By the way, historians think Shakespeare was born 448 years ago today.

Talkbacks

danno | May 3, 2012 at 5:52 p.m. (report)

James Devita is an excellent actor. We be seeing this play in Spring Green over Summer.

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