performed romance may have been co-authored; Shakespeare
scholars generally attribute only Acts III - V to the bard.
Much of the
play was enjoyable and comprehensible even to the younger
audience members. Pericles carries much of the play and
David Mazzeo meets the role. He moves convincingly from
Prince to fugitive, lover to grieving father. Lisa M.
Bostnar, playing several roles, is best in her scenes as
Thiassa. She and Mazzeo convey a strong, instant
attraction, often taken on faith between young lovers in
Shakespeare's plays, but here thoroughly believable. In
an interesting casting choice, she plays both the incestuous
daughter and Marina, the virtuous daughter of Pericles and
Gordon succeeded as a bawd, the mistress of the brothel, and
this lent hilarity to Marin's line, "Are you a woman?"
Gordon was also delightful as King Simonides, particularly
when he pretended to oppose the match between his daughter and
Pericles, then sent them to bed in haste.