Shakespeare for Everyone

 

1995
Prospect Park
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by William Shakespeare
directed by
K.G. Wilson

 

Illyria has been transported to the royal resorts of the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria in the early 20th Century, a shift which allows costumers Renée Wright and Tiffani Minitel a wonderful flight of fancy with the styles and colors of the period.  It also allows for light, summery furnishings in Tom Crisp's effective setting.

Director K.G. Wilson, a frequent actress with the company, has shaped the proceedings with the broad, clear strokes necessary to get across the complex, multi-plotted tale of disguises, mistaken identities and multiple romances on an outdoor stage the size of Radio City Music Hall's, making very good use of the space, and with a blissfully capable and resourceful cast.  Lisa Bostnar, as Olivia understood the humor and meaning of her every line, and conveyed it flawlessly.  A thrill to watch.  Nick Dantos, as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, was much the same, delighting the audience with almost every turn of his head.  Michael Oberlander created a wonderful blend of Errol Flynn and Hamlet as the tortured Orsino, and Renée Bucciarelli as Viola, peering out from her men's clothing, was the perfect, upright gamin.  I thought Herb Downer mad a great friend in Antonio, Lynn Marie Macy (Maria) was just the kind of co-conspirator one would want and the four-square character invented by Vicki Hirsch for the female equivalent of Malvolio was a masterwork.

Clark Gesner
Brooklyn Heights Press

K.G. Wilson apparently decided that if there is confusion about sex identity in Twelfth Night, along with some low humor, there might as well be more of both.  This energetic director changes several male roles into female ones and often turns the antics of Sir Toby Belch and his friends into slapstick.  (The one person who always rises above that level is Lynn Marie Macy as Maria the maid:  bawdy, sexy, smart, as tempting as spiced honey.)  This performance inspires more laughter than most productions.  Deborah Wright Houston as Feste the clown and Karen Eterovich as Fabienne (not Fabian) are wonderfully funny.

D.J.R. Bruckner
The New York Times

 

CAST

A Musician

Esquizito

Viola

Renée Bucciarelli

Captain/Priest

Allan Styer

Orsino

Michael Oberlander*

Curio

Toru Ohno

Valentine

Brad Thomas

Maria

Lynn Marie Macy

Sir Toby Belch

Ron Sanborn*

Sir Andrew Aguecheek

Nick Dantos

Feste

Deborah Wright Houston*

Fabianne

Karen Eterovich*

Olivia

Lisa M. Bostnar*

Malvolia

Vicki Hirsch*

Sebastian Randy Aromando*
Antonio Herb Downer*
*Member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA)

CREW

Stage Manager

Wiliam Doyle*

Assistant Stage Manager

Stephanie Bahr

Set Designer

Tom Crisp

Lighting Designer

Bill Bradford

Composer

Esquizito

Voice/Verse Consultant

Sandy Goodman

Technical Director

Bill Kneissl

Wardrobe Mistress Tiffini Minatel
Fight Director/
Properties Manager
Lucie Chin
Technical Intern Alice Beha
Bandshell Manager Jonathan Secore
Press Representative Jonathan Slaff Associates
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