Friday, Jun 23, 2017

Posts Tagged ‘Elijah Alexander’

Troilus and Cressida

War is brutal and strange and Troilus & Cressida, one of Shakepeare’s later plays, is a triumph of layered drama. As with many of his so-called ‘problem plays’ there is a large amount of humor in the first acts, which makes for a dramatic contrast to the later ones in which there is nearly no humor at all.


Pride and Prejudice (2010)

Photo by Jenny Graham

Photo by Jenny Graham

Pride and Prejudice is the cure for what ails you. A sunny, unabashedly romantic production, it shines on the Angus Bowmer stage with polished acting and production values that will keep you entertained throughout. This isn’t a piece to make you question the nature of etc etc… It’s a straight-forward entertainment that succeeds admirably in its goals. One might quibble at the hurried pace it keeps through the opening scenes, but overall it holds together quite well.


Henry VIII (2009)

Photo by David Cooper

Photo by David Cooper

And now, I will begin this review in the most honest way possible: the only thing holding this production of Henry VIII back from being great is the text. It’s been 25 years since the last production of this play at OSF and now I know why. The premiere performance on Friday was full of excellent acting, creative staging, pageantry, spectacle… everything you hope for in seeing a play other than… er, the play.


The Servant of Two Masters (2009)

Photo by Jenny Graham

Photo by Jenny Graham

Paul Nicholson was asked at a press event what the must-see production of the season was. Mr. Nicholson gave the “correct” answer, of course – “all of them”. Yes yes, true enough, but I don’t work with any of these people and I can afford to step on some toes. The must-see production of 2009 is The Servant of Two Masters, one of the most entertaining theatrical experiences I’ve ever seen.