Saturday, October 30, 2010

Antony and Cleopatra at Hartford Stage

Students from Youth Journalism International attended a recent performance of Antony & Cleopatra at Hartford Stage and loved it. Thanks to Hartford Stage photographer T. Charles Erickson for the photo.
As for the show, YJI reviewers Kiernan Majerus-Collins and Celeste Kurz put their thoughts together:

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Antony & Cleopatra, now playing at Hartford Stage, is a show filled with drama and top-notch acting.
Kate Mulgrew was tremendously convincing as Cleopatra, the demanding, scheming, self-centered Egyptian queen.
As originally penned by playwright William Shakespeare, the part of Cleopatra required Mulgrew to have an amazing ability to probe the mind of the privileged elite of the ancient world. Despite being surrounded by luxury far exceeding that of the common person, she still felt plagued by the ill fortune brought on by her own poor choices.
John Douglas Thompson’s adept portrayal of Antony delivered the character’s vast emotional fluctuations. He effectively switched between deep depression and near maniacal happiness in a matter of seconds. The scene in which Antony kills himself best showed his acting capability; such emotional range is not often seen.
See the whole review here:

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