Barnaby Monk 5:30 a.m., Jan. 28
Joe Calarco sets his play in a repressive, all-male boarding school where the students aren't just brain-washed, they're brain-dried by rules and regulations. The only way they can express their spring awakenings — including for each other — is by performing Shakespeare's verboten tragedy. Calarco's text(s) pushes actors to extremes: both physical and verbal. Cygnet's opening night had the theatricality down pat. Director George Ye moved his four actors with speed and grace. But the acting varied. Lines got delivered at a Morse Code clip. Scenes were stronger at the beginning than the end. The quartet showed signs that they would settle in. And Dave Thomas Brown and John Evans Reese, in multiple roles, were already there.
Worth a try.
When: Ongoing until Sunday, June 16, 2013
- Sundays, 2pm & 7pm
- Wednesdays, 7:30pm
- Thursdays, 7:30pm
- Fridays, 8pm
- Saturdays, 3pm & 8pm
- "Shakespeare's R & J at Cygnet Theatre" (May 28, 2013)