Don’t Miss APT’s ‘As You Like It’
However, if those
artistic misfires were what it took for first-time APT director Tim Ocel to
cast As You Like It in the trappings
Great Depression, then it was worth the years of foam and froth. The three-hour
production opened APT’s 31st season Saturday in Spring Green with exceptional
style and swagger, resulting in a comedic broth bubbling with both foolishness
seems unusually contrived. Duke Senior is banished from court by conniving
younger brother Frederick (both played by Brian Mani) and wanders homeless with
a band of followers in the forests of Arden.
Frederick also banishes his niece Rosalind (APT
newcomer Hillary Clemens) after she falls for Orlando (Matt Schwader), a son of
mortal enemy. The pair play out their romance, with Rosalind disguised as a
boy, amid a gaggle of philosophers, fools and farmers who populate the forest
and its environs.
complicated scenario breezes along as performers rise to the occasion, offering
one highlight after another. Scene-stealers David Daniel and Colleen Madden do
brilliant turns as the fool Touchstone and his lover Audrey amid music, dancing
and even a wrestling match. As Rosalind, a bright and lively Clemens steals the
show, winning hearts among the characters as well as in the audience. Don’t
miss this one.
APT’s As You Like It continues through Oct. 3.