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Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

As You Like It

As You Like It

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star star star star star star star star star star   Average Reader Rating

Let’s be honest. Shakespeare done badly is boring.

Despite a ton of energy, a glam-rock theme and one good Touchstone (Liam Berry), this student production of Shakespeare’s gender-bending love comedy drags.

I wish it didn’t. The huge cast gives ’er. The sexy, funny text is tailor-made for young people. And the staging is smart, especially the trees, where Orlando (Zachary Ferguson-Baird) pens poems for his love Rosalind (Hannah Beynon).

It just falls victim to so many Shakespeare traps — tricky lines delivered at warp-speed, a lot of hollering and stomping around that is supposed to represent angst and moments where, if you don’t know the play, you’d lose the threads of the plot.

And, no matter the setting, teenage girls squealing is possibly the single most annoying sound in the universe.

— Mary Agnes Welch

 

From the Fringe program:

From the thrilling young thespians that brought you The Tempest (Best in Fest, 2012), the Knavish Hedgehogs are back, presenting Shakespeare's delightful romantic comedy As You Like It. Follow suitors, shepherds, clowns, cross-dressers and courtiers as they find their way into the mysterious Forest of Arden where wits are many and love is just around the corner!

"We that are true lovers run into strange capers…"

4½ Stars "Fresh and creative with careful attention to detail… of "most excellent fancy."" - Winnipeg Free Press

Director: Jessy Ardern & Ariel Levine

Cast: Miranda Baran, Liam Berry, Ariel Beynon, Hannah Beynon, Zachary Ferguson-Baird, Hannah Gehman, Maggie Gehman, Caelyn Kwade, Ben McIntyre-Ridd, Daniel McIntyre-Ridd, Hannah McKenna, Dagen Perrott, Katherine Walker-Jones, Madeleine E. Whyte Young

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 75 mins.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $7 for Kids (12 & under), Fringe performers, unemployed, people in banana suits and cross-dressers.

Warnings: None

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