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Bella Ventresca
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45 ratings
4.4 average rating
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2 reviews
6 stars
attended Feb 05 2011

Funny and well-staged. We thoroughly enjoyed the CST performance of "As You Like It."

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21 reviews
8 stars
attended Feb 19 2011

We really enjoyed this show. The set was just amazing and the acting was excellent. We try to see any Gary Griffin directed show and we have yet to be disappointed. I would highly recommend this production!

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44 reviews
6 stars
attended Mar 03 2011

Weak performances overall - most of the actors too young and inexperienced to convey Shakespeare's genius. Difficult to hear many a time. Dragged on...

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Description

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.

About the Ticket Supplier: Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Chicago Shakespeare Theater offers a broad spectrum of theatrical experiences year-round, engaging and entertaining audiences from all walks of life and from around the world. The plays of William Shakespeare form the core of the company's work, complemented by other dramatic works -- from traditional classical theater to new classics that resonate with Shakespeare's timeless insights into the human condition. CST's World's Stage Series brings international theatrical productions to Chicago, presenting new cultural expressions and experiences. For family audiences, CST Family presents abridged Shakespeare productions and classic musicals for all ages.