In John Murrell’s Taking Shakespeare, Murph, a college student who would rather play video games than struggle through the work of some Elizabethan playwright, is brought under the tutelage of an aged teacher. Though the professor (known as Prof) is not without doubts concerning her own effectiveness, the two find themselves forging an unexpected connection in their study of Othello. Guided through the once-impenetrable text, Murph is taken aback by his emotional reaction to the tale, just as Prof is compelled to view the narrative through her student’s refreshingly unaffected perspective. It’s within this shared character growth that Taking Shakespeare is elevated from the “inspirational teacher reaches a gifted but troubled student” trope as the multigenerational pair share a vulnerability in their responses to a timeless work of art. Produced by Gremlin Theatre, this local premiere features the headlining duo of Linda Kelsey and John A. W. Stephens under the adept direction of Peter Christian Hanson.