Shakespeare High

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High school student Chris Marquez in Shakspeare High

Part social advocacy and part Spellbound for the soliloquy set, Alex Rotaru's doc on students competing in the annual Drama Teachers Association of Southern California Shakespeare Festival has fun toggling between its two modes: At-risk kids somberly attest to the effect that discovering the Bard has had on their lives one minute, and a gaggle of hyperactive teens giddily spout verse and fret over their team's ranking the next. (Famous alumni such as Kevin Spacey and Val Kilmer occasionally pop up to show off their famousness.) The halves never come together to make a cohesive whole, however, and unless you really dig Glee-level displays of high-school drama geekery, you and your date may want to quickly exeunt.

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