The most memorable part of the Old Globe's heavy-handed effort is a parade of roses during a scene change. The stage becomes a Valentine's Day blur of reds. But this visual is cosmetic, external to the play. Take it away and the production is forced, often one-note, and the acting stiff. The comedy's built-in, but the cast pushes for laughs, and the extended bits overstay their visit. Todd Almond's original music nicely showcases the songs, but overall, Shakespeare's text plays fifth fiddle.
Ongoing until Sunday, July 26, 2015