Reviews and Comments

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July 8, 2014

“Venus In Fur” Review

By Lawrence Bullock

I’ve just come home after seeing “Venus In Fur”, a play by David Ives, performed here in Mendocino under the auspices of Rock the Ground Theater, an independent theatrical hurricane of a company conjured by Hugh Dignon and fellow artists. Hugh Dignon, artistic director of the company, and director of “Venus In Fur”, wraps his theatrical philosophy around a rock fan’s attitude and comes up, in this instance, with one of the most … Read more

Review from The Mendocino Beacon, Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Hugh Dignon Delivers Theater Like New York

By John Osborne, Ph.D.

“How can the little town of Mendocino have theater like New York?” That’s what I was thinking as I walked away from the Rock the Ground Theater Company’s production of “Venus In Fur.” … Read more

August 22, 2010

A Midsummer Night’s Comments

Audience Members Comments

OMG what an amazing afternoon! Brunch at the Beaujolais then Midsummer Night’s Dream. Did I mention that the sun was shining? Took my boots AND socks off and let my toes play in the grass just like the amazing Puck was playing with my mind. What a wonderful production Hugh. I’m forever impressed. Thank you. … Read more

Review from Advocate News, Thursday, February 26, 2009

Thrilling ‘Hamlet’

By Elizabeth Tallent

Hats off to the Rock the Ground Theater Company for their bold and spirited version of “Hamlet.” We were a little worried about sitting for four hours, but the old Lions Club building was comfortably warm and well arranged, and our closeness to the actors and audience intimate and powerful. The cerements of the towering Ghost swished right past the toes of your shoes, and beautiful lost Ophelia was close enough to hand a sprig of rosemary to a girl in the audience. … Read more

Review from Advocate News, Thursday, February 12th, 2009

A Great ‘Hamlet’

By Janet Adelman, Professor Emerita of English, University of California, Berkeley

Last Saturday my husband and I saw a great production of “Hamlet” right here in Fort Bragg. I’ve taught Shakespeare at the University of California for many years and have seen more “Hamlet’s” than I care to remember, but for intelligence and immediacy, this one definitely stood out. It’s also very accessible: the person sitting next to me, who barely remembered the play from hight school, liked it as much as we did. Great acting, great directing, great costumes, and even some beautiful video and music. … Read more

Review from Advocate News, Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Traveling Shakespeareans, Local Actors Deliver On ‘Hamlet’

By Frank Hartzell

Since that spring day in 1603 when the Chamberlain’s Men first performed “Hamlet,” the story of something being rotten in Denmark has become the world’s most famous play.

Watching Hugh Dignon play Hamlet at Lions Hall in Fort Bragg on Saturday night, the Bard’s language was as intoxicating and the satire as pertinent as it was 400 years ago. … Read more