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In contrast to Shakespeare’s time, when women were forbidden to take the stage and his plays were performed solely by men, Chickspeare is a thoroughly modern reversal on Shakespeare’s plays, improvised by an all-female cast and turning traditional notions on their heads. Although Chickspeare is for everyone, the show especially resonates with women, not simply because the cast is all-female, but because the actors are not performing the traditional “women’s” show, with themes like dating, child-rearing, and menopause. The cast often makes light-hearted fun of some of the outdated notions about women’s roles prevalent in Shakespeare’s plays. But mostly, they tell stories of love–high energy, funny, physical stories that do not lack in heart. Audiences are thrilled to return again and again bringing their sisters, mothers and friends (and even men!). But the actors’ hearts soar when a young woman tells them she’s been inspired to try improv or to start her own group because of the wonderful experience of Chickspeare.