For the recent San Jose Repertory Theatre revival of Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona, director Jeff Steitzer chose to relocate the action to Hollywood during the silent film era. “Verona [where the characters start out] becomes a small town in a state like Kansas, and Milan [where they end up] becomes Hollywood,” he says. As a result, costume designer B. Modern threw herself into an orgy of cinema research, boning up on the silent stars. Each of the play's principals is patterned ...

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