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.