Recent Productions

Waiting for Godot

by Samuel Beckett UC Irvine Fall 2011 This production included lines that Beckett had dropped from the French edition which, as with Cohen’s 2008 production of Endgame, the author had invited Cohen “to put them back if you wish,” The production was created in accordance with these adjustments, and also in light of Cohen’s essay  …  Read More »

The School for Wives

by Molière, translated by Ranjit Bolt directed by Robert Cohen at the Utah Shakespearean Festival Summer 2008 Review Excerpts “Director Cohen finds the right tone for all this inspired nonsense, achieving a breezy, Commedia dell’arte feel, while still allowing enough reality to get us emotionally involved in the story. You just can’t not laugh.” Rating:  …  Read More »

Twelfth Night

Colorado Shakespeare Festivals – 2005 A comedic production with new music by Jesse Manno Review Excerpts “CAST HAS A BALL WITH SHAKESPEARE’S BEST COMIC CHARACTERS One of the most entertaining comedies the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has staged in recent seasons. …Cohen, smartly, …allows Arthur Edward Chadwick’s simple and colorful scenic design, Janice Benning Lacek’s sleek  …  Read More »

Timon of Athens

UC Irvine – May 2005 An adaptation of Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens Review Excerpts “Cohen’s production offers a soul-searing experience for 21st century audiences… . Shattering power [from a] magnificent performance of Sean Tarrant as Timon… .” —Daily Pilot “Cohen’s concisely staged and streamlined adaptation plays so smoothly that it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where  …  Read More »

Rabbit Hole

by David Lindsay-Abaire Performed at UC Irvine September 2007 This production, a faculty workshop directed by Cohen with scenery by Douglas-Scott Goheen, played a five-night, sold-out run in Fall 2007 to enthusiastic response.

King Lear

Cohen has directed three productions of this most powerful of Shakespearean tragedies. Review Excerpts at UCI, 1989 “RADICAL REVELATION. UC Irvine’s smashing version,… conceived and directed by Robert Cohen, is a radical reconception that clarifies… . Shakespeare’s great tragedy moves swiftly and incisively, and for all its highly theatrical unorthodoxies, it traces with singular intensity  …  Read More »