Real-life sweethearts Bob Borwick and Kelly Balch brought their considerable physical talents to the roles of Silvio and Clarice. Thomas Lynch was born to play Pantalone, and his scenes with Ian Swift's Dr. Lombardi were hilarious. Peter Schmuckal, an ever reliably brilliant actor; an athletically game Jason Heil; unicyclist Slater Penny, and two lucky Interns rounded out the cast.
This is a great, classic comedy. And it played beautifully outdoors at Forest Meadows. The huge set, which worked so well for As You Like It, made the production a real physical workout for the actors, but no one complained. The costumes by Pamela Johnson were extraordinarily colorful and fun.
The translation we used was created by our dear friend Rob Clare and his collaborator Justin Gregson. Justin flew from England to see the production and to give a tongue-tied introduction to the play. It was a pleasure to witness his delight in seeing the work produced - and a rare treat for us to work with living playwrights!
Director Robert Currier worked very hard to get all of the actors to create a style of playing that was consistent, honest, yet superbly physical and exceptionally funny. This was a delightful production of a superlative piece of theatre with a dream cast.
From the Playbill
It should come as no surprise that the century that produced our beloved Bard also nurtured significant flowerings in drama throughout Europe. In Spain alone, Miguel de Dervantes (1547-1616) was writing Don Quixote while Lope De Vega (1562- 1635) was composing some 1800 dramatic works. But the Renaissance theatre of greatest and most lasting importance apart from Shakespeare's was the commedia dell' arte. This phenomenon began in Italy and toured throughout Europe, mainly on medieval-type platform stages erected in marketplaces during the 16th and 17th centuries and beyond.