Shakespeare on stage in the United States is in many ways a mirror of America itself. Until the mid-1800s, blue laws restricted performances in some New England states, while Shakespeare flourished elsewhere. Touring productions kept up with the movement westward with performances from Chicago to San Francisco. German, Italian, Yiddish, and other foreign-language productions appeared where immigrants gathered. Today, directors and actors across the nation engage Shakespeare in creative productions that run the gamut from experiments and reimaginings to classic stagings.