AS YOU LIKE IT
Bellevue Repertory Theatre, Seattle
WRITTEN BY: William Shakespeare
DIRECTED BY: Diane Schenker
Another neo-Elizabethan feature of the Bellevue production is double, triple, even quadruple casting of the small roles. Actors playing multiple parts no sooner walk off the stage with a low collar, a dark wig and a high voice than they walk back on with a high collar, light wig and low voice.
Director Diane Schenker puts on a loose show that allows actors to entertain as best they can. Some of the performances are more strenuous than they are expressive. Farcical clowning comes off better than poetical romance.
Some of the better bits are Wendy Robie as a girl pretending to be a boy pretending to be a girl, Rob Cole as a fop, Anthony Curry as a city dude intimidating timid rustics, Garret Dillahunt as a vexed lover, Diane Wyrick as the vixen who does the vexing, and James Monitor as a bully with a bad mouth worthy of World Wrestling Federation pre-bout TV interviews. [SeattlePi]
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