3rd (4th?) time I've seen As You Like It. I love that play. Not the best, but amusing and cute and full of great lines and I don't see myself tiring of it any time soon.
They set it in the 1940s. Curls and suspenders and nice big hats and people drinking out of flasks. The music was lovely. The actors were all on point and it was just plain awesome.
Oliver was a nasty piece of work, straight outta a gangster movie in that first scene. His argument with Orlando in the beginning is a pretty serious fight, they twisted each other's arms and kicked each other around, it was brutal and nasty. And it worked.
It's always tough, having Oliver transition from murderous evil older brother to someone the audience is ok with marrying Celia. This group too the direction of making him ridiculously and over the top in love with Celia, complete with music swelling and flashing lights, (which is what they did for all the couples in the "love at first sight" moments, an early Hollywood movie-esque kind of deal, which sounds cheesy but worked quite well on stage.) It's hard to remember him fighting his brother when he's spinning around after Celia making doe-eyes, and her making them right back at him. And Oliver and Orlando do reconcile offscreen, so you just roll with it.
The wrestling match was EXCELLENT. I've seen it done funny before, this was ... rough. In the good way. Their fight choreographer is fantastic, same person who did the R&J fights from last night, which were equally great.
Touchstone was in this gorgeous costume, stripped socks, bright maroon waistcoat with butterflies, striped purple and black shirt, gold/white striped pants and long jacket, and a nice hat. And a tie. Such a dandy. I want that waistcoat.
Yeah, always eager to see how a theater does the scene transitions, and the choices the cast makes. I've never seen Jacques done the same way twice, he's always radically different. In this production he was kind of ... nerdy? I guess? Spectacles and a vest, awkward, but also joking around with people, but also being kind of nasty to people. But also crying. I got the feeling he was ... I don't know, whatever their choice was it worked though.