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Magic breaks the spell of 'The Tempest' in Vegas

Magic breaks the spell of 'The Tempest' in Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Telling friends that you're heading to Las Vegas for some Shakespeare is a bit like claiming you read Playboy for the interviews.

Well, I did indeed head to Vegas last weekend to see "The Tempest," and I can guarantee that I was the only person on my morning flight reading Harold C. Goddard's classic "The Meaning of Shakespeare." Just a few pages from the chapter on "The Tempest," mind you. The guys downing pre-lunch wine and cocktails around me were whooping it up "Hangover"-style.

I swore off Vegas a few years ago. I'm not much of a gambler, condensed versions of Broadway musicals leave me unsatisfied, and assessing...

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