Shakespeare are challenging in the same way that operas are
challenging. The root of the challenge is in the
language. Even though Shakespeare is in English, it's
such a defined and specific format of the tongue that, for
many, it may as well be foreign. When performed well,
Shakespeare's texts roll by quickly, with conversational ease.
plot's point of view, everything points toward impending
tragedy in this play. And yet the characters go about
their business with a gleeful abandon that borders on the
absurd. It is a dark comedy in the truest sense of the
Sullivan's portrayal of Lucio is a razor sharp, biting
interpretation of the fast-taking wise guy. Greg Reges,
as Angelo, handles the role with a balance of sinister
self-importance, peppered with just the right amount of doubt
and vulnerability so as to make him not so utterly evil that
he can't be forgiven of his transgressions. Both Charles
Stanley, playing the Duke, and Deborah Wright Houston as
Isabella deliver some truly moving soliloquy treatments.
though, the most consistently memorable and hilarious
performance of the night was turned in by Anthony Piazza, who
played Pompey, the pimp clown. Late in the play, he
manages to avoid imprisonment by agreeing to become the
executioner's assistant. Typical of Shakespeare's
facility for ironic commentary on morality, Pompey is
imprisoned for being a bawd, and released by becoming an
executioner, which is considered a respectable occupation.
for Measure, by the Kings County Shakespeare Company,
is well-directed by Steve Zimmer, and performed with smooth
professionalism and confidence.
— Tom Wachunas