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Summer Guide 2011: Hidden Gems

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Not long ago, Tamiko Robinson would have been considered a hidden gem. But with her stellar performance in Leslie Lewis Sword's one-woman play Miracle in Rwanda, her profile has risen considerably.

So we combed the Interwebs in search of some buried theatrical treasure, and wow, did we hit the mother lode: Husky Jackal Theater's upcoming production Terminator the 2nd — a stage version of Terminator 2: Judgment Day performed entirely in the words of William Shakespeare!

This production is still a long way from fruition, and Husky Jackal masterminds Cody De Vos and Marshall Weber better be on their game, because their Kickstarter campaign has created so much buzz that it more than tripled its $3,000 target, netting $10,067. To back, or not to back — that was the question, and some 241 investors chose the former option. Now they've sunk their hard-earned dollars into the show, so unless De Vos and Weber are trying to become the next Bialystock & Bloom, they'd better create some mighty fine theater.

After a recent conversation with the budding impresarios, we can calm the nerves of any jittery backers: These guys mean business. Realizing that merely incorporating some of the Bard's dialogue would be a cop-out, they fully committed to the concept. As their Kickstarter page says, "We adhered to strict guidelines regarding the usage of Shakespeare's works. Each line and phrase is taken directly from folios printed by or before 1685, and many extended sections of dialogue are composed of individual lines from separate works. Only proper nouns and pronouns were subject to change, as dictated by the plot. ... In some cases, corresponding verb tenses are modified."

It's sheer brilliance. Or madness. But as Willie himself once said, "Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once." Or was that Arnold?

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