36 plays in 90 minutes! “If you love Shakespeare you’ll love this play; if you hate Shakespeare, you’ll, love this play”. That’s what Footlighters’ program states about its present production running through March 23rd…and they are not kidding. From its warm and casual introduction to its finale (done three different ways) it is a rush.
Director Roseann Brooks, using the same cast as COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA (ABRIDGED), Don Gimpel, Will Rompala and Randy Weinstein, lets them do their thing(s) and for the most part keeps them on the perfectly efficient set designed by Kirk Paul. Credit must be given to costume coordinator Tracy Hawkins for an outstanding array of costumes and wigs and stuff (lots of it) necessary to give the characters the different looks they need in a hurry.
The amount of energy created by these three actors could probably have heated several homes in the area. For the most part, they manage to stay on the stage, but one even races up and down the aisles, moving audience members and delivering the balcony scene from ROMEO AND JULIET from steps in the rear of the theater…and this is just the first act. The second act is devoted entirely to HAMLET. The bickering of what to perform and what to omit is funny enough, but suddenly we are stunned by a superb delivery of a lengthy monologue by one of the actors.
One more thing. If you enjoy interactive theater, you are in for a treat. Footlighters provides it in style and with plenty of hubbub.
Enough said. Go see this show.
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)
Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield
Directed by Roseann Brooks
March 15-23, 2013
58 Main Avenue