The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1494  Friday, 11 August 2000.

From:           Lila Geller <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 10 Aug 2000 12:00:50 -0700
Subject: 11.1482 Cymbeline at Shakespeare Santa Cruz
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1482 Cymbeline at Shakespeare Santa Cruz

I saw the Cymbeline at Santa Cruz last weekend and found the production
terribly misconceived.  I felt the director did not like or trust the
play and felt he could make it work only by burlesquing every element of
it. In the process any possible contrast between the serious and the
ludicrous elements of the play was lost.  Moreover, given the
out-of-door festival glen venue, where the actors' unamplified voices
were often difficult enough to hear, their frequent alternation with
amplified music (often parodying the words) and amplified voice-overs
uncomfortably bounced the auditors between blaring and faint.  Yes, the
production pleased many in the audience, but others of us felt that the
unremitting excesses became in time tedious.

The Festival's been extended a week to September 3.  I suggest Love's
Labour Lost, or a surprisingly entertaining production of Sartre's Kean,
Sartre's adaptation of a play by Alexander Dumas about the actor.

Lila Geller
CSU Dominguez Hills

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