Love’s Labour’s Lost (review)

Love’s Labour’s Lost (review)
Love’s Labour’s Lost (review)
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THE PLAY: The King of Navarre and 3 companions swear off women for 3 years, only to almost immediately fall in love with a French princess and her entourage. Letters are written and identities are confused.

 

THE PRODUCTION: The play seems drowned by dialogue and minimal action. Shakespeare’s language can be a challenge to follow (the synopsis in the program helps) and despite the abundant talent on stage, this one is sometimes confusing. It’s slow to start and ends on a downer. Fortunately, director James Rick’s has added clever comic moments and a few spicy characters to liven it up. The performances are fine with David Janosik, Luke Schares and Dan Cimo garnering most of the laffs. It’s not clear what period we’re been transported to, but the snazzy, florid clothes add visual appeal, especially since the set is minimal. Running time: 2:30

 

THE POINT: Although it’s not one of the Bard’s best plays, this strong cast (under James Rick’s creative direction) manages to make it enjoyable.

 

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

 

Quill’s Richmond Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft thru 6/25

 

LISTEN TO MY REVIEW (as aired on WRIR)

 

Ellie Duffey, David Janosik, Luke Schares (Photos by Aaron Sutten)

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