American Players Theatre Lesson in Love
The forest is a magical place of wonder where people with good hearts are banished, but love flourishes. Before being banished into the woods, Rosalind and Orlando fell in love at first sight when Orlando triumphantly defeats a champion wrestler. However, they barely have a chance to see where this romance goes before both of them need to run away into the forest. When they meet again, Rosalind is disguised as a man has the opportunity to teach Orlando a thing or two about being in love with a woman.
Of course, what play would be complete without a cast of loveable sidekicks who are also chasing after love? Alongside Orlando and Rosalind, AS YOU LIKE IT follows all the different paths each couple takes as they find their ways in love.
Keeping The Story Simple
This production of AS YOU LIKE IT stays very true to Shakespeare’s original work. The costumes give a slight nod to the late 1800s time period— royal ladies are dressed in brightly colored bustle skirts and the gentlemen in three piece suits. These costumes, along with a minimalist set made of budding trees to emulate a forest, don’t take away from the simplicity of the story.
Bringing Shakespeare’s Words to Life
AS YOU LIKE IT is one of Shakespeare’s less action-forward plays. In this writer’s view, even without drama and action, the cast does an excellent job engaging with their audience by accentuating the jokes both in their speech, pauses, facial expressions, and body language. Most notably Marcus Truschinski, playing the clown Touchstone, has us rolling in our seats with his slapstick comedy and overdramatic sensibilities. But it’s Melisa Pereya that steals the show and rightly so as the leading lady. Upon her first meeting Orlando, she has an innocent awkwardness that reminds us of how it feels to have a budding crush. And by the end when she gives the closing epilogue, we can’t help but smile as she addresses both men and women of the audience and charms us with her endearing nature.
Shakespeare’s classic AS YOU LIKE IT is a simple love story that leaves everyone happy. All ends are tied up in nice neat bows. It might not be a good pick for those looking for a drama or more fast paced play. But for those who like comedy and a happy ending, this one is for you.
Now through October 7, 2018
Performance schedule varies, please see website for more details
American Players Theatre
The Hill Theatre
5950 Golf Course Rd.
Spring Green, WI 53588
Andrea San Miguel
Juan Rivera Lebron
Cher Desiree Àlvarez
Tracy Michelle Arnold
Michael A. Peterson
About the Author
Alexis is a theater reviewer, travel bug, media specialist, and burger & beer enthusiast. During the day she works in the advertising business as a senior communications designer. When night falls, or when she can escape to New York, she’s hitting the theaters to see as many shows as she can. And whenever she’s not at her desk or in the audience, she’s out seeking the best burger and beer offerings in Chicago.
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