APT’s ‘Antony and Cleopatra’
A modern adaptation in an intimate setting
Kate Buckley, who directs the show, and James DeVita, who stars as Mark Antony, have adapted the sprawling tale of love and war between Rome and Egypt to a size more manageable for the indoor facility’s small thrust stage. The work of more than 30 characters is shouldered by just seven, some of whom have traded their togas for tuxedos in this modern-day adaptation.
Considered one of Shakespeare’s most complex female characters, Cleopatra is masterfully played by Tracy Michelle Arnold, who deftly moves between her roles as Antony’s seductress and the queen of Egypt. DeVita fills the stage with energy, chewing through the Bard’s thick dialogue and creating a vivid portrait of a centurion torn between passion for his queen and obedience to Rome.
Antony and Cleopatra runs through Oct. 20. For tickets call 608-588-2361 or visit americanplayers.org.