Thoroughly Thrilling Theater - Shakespeare and Co.

Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
Trip End Dec 31, 2008

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

  We had such a fabulous day yesterday!  We drove through the lovely mountain communities of Becket, Chester and Lee on our way to Lenox, where Shakespeare and Co.'s beautiful multi-theater complex is located.  First was the Opening Preview (matinee) performance of "All's Well that Ends Well", with our friend Tim Douglas as the King of France.  Although the phrase that is the title of this play is often used, the play itself is seldom performed, and often considered to be a "problem" play.  This staging, directed by Tina Packer, brings original music onto the stage as part of the play, which gives it a slightly modern edginess, but without interfering with the time in which the play takes place.  The entire performance was amazing!  When we heard it was three hours or more, we were a bit concerned - but we never got antsy, nor were we anxious for it to end - it totally involved and enchanted us!  Our friend Tim, as the King of France - was wonderful!  His height and stature surely added to his royal appearance, and when he was supposed to be dying in the early part of the play, he seemed to literally shrink before our eyes.  I took pictures (shhh!  not supposed to do that!) of him on stage, so you'll get an idea of what I mean.  The other highly notable presence on the stage, in our opinion, was a young woman named Kristin Villaneuva, as Helena, the central female character in this story.  She was truly amazing!  We came away from the play very satisfied with the production and the acting, and happy to have been re-introduced to Shakespeare in such a delightful way! 
  We went out to dinner with Tim, which was another great experience at a tiny Vietnamese restaurant in the nearby town of Lee.  Tim is such a delight to spend time with!  We're so happy to have had this chance to get to know him better - and to see his talent expressed ON the stage, added to what we've seen before, which is his talent in FRONT of the stage, as director.  (He's well-rounded, to say the least!)
  We went back to the theater in the evening to see a French Farce - "Ladies Man", which was adapted from "Tailleur pour Dames" by Georges Feydeau.  Everythiing about this production was hysterical - and perfect!  The timing, the physical humor, the accents (French AND German!) and the sets - all fit perfectly!  We hurt from laughing by the time it was done!
  All in all, a day that can be best described with one word - "BRAVO!"
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