The Tempest (review)

The Tempest (review)
The Tempest (review)
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THE PLAY: An exiled duke uses his sorcery to shipwreck those who betrayed him. Once on the deserted island, he brings together his mystical creatures to realize his plan for payback.


THE PRODUCTION: Although there’s magic and humor in this production, director James Ricks has chosen to emphasize the dark side of this fantasy. As Prospero, John Cauthen is confident but not commanding. Newcomers Madison Munson and Dean Hall play the young lovers with a sweet, natural freshness, while the fantasy creatures (Adam Turck and Walter Riddle) are more grounded than otherworldly. Jeff Clevenger and Adam Valentine bring laughs to lighten the mood. Ricks has kept the show tight and interesting with a few musical interludes for variety. The costumes by Anna Bailkowski feature 20th century cutaway suits for the men and a few colorful fantasy garments. Running time: 1:50


THE POINT: This is a solidly-mounted production, but it lacks the magic that can make this classic charming.


3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)


The Richmond Shakespeare Festival  produced by Quill Theatre at Agecroft Hall thru 6/30




Jonathan Hardison, Adam Turck, Derek Kannemeyer, Christopher Dunn, Travis Williams (Photos by Aaron Sutten)


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