Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline: An Update of the Bard's Romance
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The last date listed for Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline was Saturday April 7, 2012 / 7:30pm.
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Reviews & Ratings
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I had not read Cymbeline, so was a bit nervous; however, the adaptation of adding the pianist/commentator took care of that. The pianist's occasional summaries and musings kept the plot foregrounded while not sacrificing the Shakespearean language throughout the rest of the play.
The acting was good, the simple setting plus imagination quite effective, and the multiple roles each actor performed adroitly handled. There were some fast costume changes required!
Quotes & Highlights
- "[Cymbeline] is now being lovingly revisited by Portland Center Stage in a form that is both accessible and entertaining." --The Oregonian
Based on legends about early Celtic kings, Cymbeline is one of Shakespeare’s most fantastical creations — familiar Shakespearean themes of jealousy and innocence wronged are joined by a piano-playing wit who becomes our guide through an ancient landscape. A lovely princess, an evil queen, a misguided king and a thoroughly rotten clown populate this fairy tale-like story of life, and love, renewed.
One of Shakespeare’s charming romances, this production of Cymbeline marks two firsts—our first production of the Bard in the Ellyn Bye Studio, and the first production of this fresh adaptation by Artistic Director Chris Coleman.
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