The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0260 Thursday, 10 February 2005
Date: Wednesday, 9 Feb 2005 12:18:12 -0500
Subject: Peter Hall's As You Like It
Their hearts' delight
Peter Hall's staging, along with the cast of 'As You Like It,' finds
fresh insight in the 16th century classic at the Ahmanson Theatre.
By Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
February 9, 2005
Perhaps because it's set in a world of hunger and homelessness,
corruption and outright tyranny, all the comic love-play in "As You Like
It" becomes deeply, unexpectedly touching: evidence of the rebirth -
against all odds - of the best in human nature.
Peter Hall's Theatre Royal Bath staging softens and stylizes the
extremes in the play, giving us, for instance, a gauzy projected forest
in which the blood-ritual of the deer hunt simply doesn't belong. But
Monday at the Ahmanson Theatre - opening night of a seven-week run - a
production set in no particular era renewed the text in ways both
surprising and profound.
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