Love’s Labours Lost

Berowne is the Shakespearean part that Mike Shara was born to play. It is a perfect mix for his ability to connect with the audience with a wink or a raised eyebrow, his physical comedy talents and his charm. He was definitely the star of the show, although there was strong competition fromJuan Chioran as Don Adriano de Amado and Tom Rooney as Holofernes. Both were extremely funny.

Special mention must be made of Gabriel Long as Moth, who had great stage presence in a challenging role for anyone, let alone a twelve year old. Thomas Olajide as Dumaine stole the scene with his dancing talents. Brian Tree, and Brad Rudy had delightful smaller bits. Jennifer Mogbock was great as Jacquenetta and Sarah Afful compelling as Rosaline.

The play is perhaps a bit long for the content, but it ended with a song that was worth waiting through, even when your first reaction on realizing that there was going to be a song was a big sigh.


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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 Love’s Labours Lost

  1. keithhpotter says:

    This a play of language – with all the people standing around talking I thought I was at a Shaw play at first! And, more than most of his plays, here you notice that Shakespeare’s language has changed a lot by our time.

    However, the cast did a tremendous job in making it come alive, certainly hamming up a mightily in some cases, and helped by, I think, some editing of the rustics by John Caird – although Tom Rooney still had to struggle through more of Holofernes than is worthwhile.

    I thought Mike Shara was great as Berowne; I had thought he might play it too broadly, but, while broader than I expected, his take seemed just right.

    Juan Chioran’s Armado was delightfully over the top and nicely balanced by an amazingly good Moth in Gabriel Long.

    I haven’t really noticed Josue Laboucane before, but he really made Costard come alive here. Jaquenetta seemed rather ho-hum, but I am not sure that it was Jennifer Mogbock’s fault – doesn’t the part normally have more lines?

    The King, Queen, Lords and Ladies generally have a fairly thankless task, but seemed adequate, although the Muscovites scene is usually an opportunity to wake everyone up, but seemed a bit subdued this time around.

    This is never going to be my favourite Shakespeare play, but this was an entertaining production.

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