Magically, the queen who lent
her name to an era renowned for its prosperity and support of
the arts appeared from the pages of history to attend a recent
performance of William Shakespeare's the Tempest.
Arriving late and taking the time for a photo op with the
Brooklyn borough president, Elizabeth I (or at least the
uncredited actress portraying her) dominated the proceedings.
Artistic Director Deborah Wright
Houston's production was a clear, if darker than usual concept
backing the production; there was no doubt that everyone had a
thorough command of Shakespeare's and Houston's intentions.
Everything was done very carefully, very respectfully, and
very studiously. Nayokah Marlyne Afflack in the
gender-bent role of Queen Alonsa gave a truly riveting
performance, making the storms raging inside Alonsa's
guilt-stricken ravings commanding and heart-rending, a true
Doug Filomena did his usually
fine job with the lighting.