Shakespeare's Pastoral Comedy As You Like It
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The last date listed for As You Like It was Sunday March 6, 2011 / 6:00pm.
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Lyric Opera of Chicago hits all the right notes with its upcoming season of shows. There's Don Giovanni, Capriccio, Il Trovatore, Porgy and Bess, Anna Bolena, Tosca, Tannhauser and The Passenger. Your subscription package features tickets for four specific shows -- plus a fifth ticket for any show of your choice throughout the entire eight-show season. Don Giovanni is Mozart's story of a legendary seducer whose selfish arrogance becomes ever more reckless and fatal. In Strauss' Capriccio, the beautiful countess must choose between the amorous poet or the ardent musician. Verdi's Il Trovatore is chock-full of love triangles, revenge plots, murder and children switched at birth, and as much drama as any soap opera. Jazz, blues and spirituals infuse George and Ira Gershwin's classic, Porgy and Bess. New production Anna Bolena is Donizetti's tour-de-force dramatization of the story of Anne Boleyn, the most famous of King Henry VIII's many wives. Puccini's Tosca is filled with political intrigue and includes one of the most beautiful arias in the operatic repertoire, "E lucevan le stelle," sung by Tosca's doomed lover as he awaits execution. Wagner's erotic and sensual Tannhäuser is both racy and lushly beautiful. And finally, Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger takes you aboard an ocean liner. It's not all smooth sailing, though, as the action vacillates between the pristine white deck above to the dark horrors of the death camp below. Learn More
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Featured review from Goldstar MemberRed Velvet
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My wife and I, who attend numerous theaters in Chicago, thought the production was excellent. I thought the simple staging was a good representation of what a real Shakespeare production would have been.
Our problem was hearing. Goldstar put us in EXCELLENT seats, but both of us missed a number of the "punch lines." Neither has perfect hearing, but at times I had the impression that a substantial part of the audience missed the point. I know timing is a critical part of humor, so actors cannot pause before the line. However, at times an actor seemed to lower the volume on a line, causing us to miss the joke.
An idyllic Forest of Arden provides the lush backdrop for Shakespeare’s glorious romantic comedy of courtiers, clowns, philosophers and provincials — all bewitched by the trials and triumphs of love. Disguised as a boy, Rosalind escapes the perilous court — only to find her heart in peril as she instructs the man she loves on how best to woo a woman. CST’s acclaimed Associate Artistic Director Gary Griffin stages this tale of mistaken identity and misguided affection, following his wildly successful CST productions of Private Lives and Amadeus.
Griffin has cast As You Like It with a talented Chicago company of actors that includes many frequent CST collaborators. Performing the role of Rosalind is Kate Fry, who last appeared in CST’s Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, marking the Theater’s debut at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Joining Fry as Rosalind’s cousin Celia is Chaon Cross, who collaborated with Griffin on CST’s Private Lives last season. Matt Schwader, performing the role of Orlando, appeared in CST’s “Short Shakespeare!” production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Henry IV Parts 1 and 2. Helen Hayes Award winner Ross Lehman returns to perform the role of Jaques, having most recently appeared in Chicago Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Kevin Gudahl, who received critical acclaim for his turn in Griffin’s Pacific Overtures, will appear as Duke Senior.
Performing the role of Touchstone is Phillip James Brannon, who last appeared in CST’s Richard III. Additional CST veterans in Griffin’s production include Patrick Clear as Corin, Matt DeCaro as Duke Frederick, Dennis Kelly as Adam, Elizabeth Ledo as Phoebe and Jeff Parker as Oliver. Steve Haggard, currently appearing as Benvolio in CST’s Romeo and Juliet, returns as Silvius. The cast for __As You Like It __is rounded out by Hillary Clemens as Audrey, Nathan Hosner as Charles/William, Andrew Mueller as Amiens, Andrew Neiman as Le Beau, Mark Richard as First Lord, Austin Talley as Second Lord, Steve Wojtas as Jaques de Boys and ensemble members Josh Doucette and David Schlumpf.