As You Like It

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!


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to As You Like It

  1. keithhpotter says:

    Yes, what a difference a day (and a director) make! I would not have believed that the stilted, wooden actors of the previous evening could come alive for this entertaining romp, if we hadn’t seen it (and after the previous evening, we nearly didn’t).
    The play was severely, but effectively, edited and flowed nicely. The actors all seemed to “get” their roles (except Jacques, who seemed to interpret “melancholy” as “farcical”) and interacted well.
    I am glad we went back.

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