The advantage of a repertory company is that you can see what makes the difference. As You Like It had the same cast as King Lear, the same playwright, the same theatre, but a different director. David Vining directed a very funny, very clear production of As you Like It.
Emily Mahoney (Regan in Lear and Celia in AYLI) lost her dominatrix iciness and became a cheerful, playful friend. Jordan Letson (Goneril) became the sluttish Audrey with a similar transformation. Allison Sell was a very good Rosalind. (I really cannot comment on her Cordelia because her big part is in the second act, which we skipped.) This production is the first where I really noticed and enjoyed the small parts – Phebe, Silvius, Touchstone, Audrey and Adam. the one that usually stands out – Jaques, was one of the weaker performances in the play.
Overall, a lovely night at the theatre. And once again a reminder that we who can attend every production of the Stratford Festival are so lucky!