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1001 Arabian Nights

 

"Not only adapted but directed by...Lesley Currier who has gathered a cast and production team that has made a delightful family entertainment - but not just for families - by spinning out these ancient tales across the boards under the summer night sky...Yasmen Sorab Mehta's choreography and movement direction is excellent; Vince Delgado and his ensemble play splendid Middle Eastern music throughout."

- Ken Bullock, Commuter Times

"The opener for Marin Shakespeare Company's 2002 season is overflowing with intense dramatic and comedic contrasts in writer/director Lesley Schisgall Currier's adaptation of the tales...‘A Thousand' holds memorable thematic interest and generous moments of high comedy supported by creative props, bright costumes, and a mostly stellar ensemble... Many comic moments ensue, with fabulous performances from the ensemble (especially from MSC veterans Jonathan Gonzalez and Thomas Lynch). They portray too many characters to be named, and their performances are the highlights of the show...kudos to the ensemble, who, in enacting the narrated tales, are the real heart - and entertainment - of the show."

--Olga Azar, Marin Scope

 

"This story within a story is a classical narrative structure, and we can see why, in this production, it is so effective...The production emphasizes the fine art of storytelling...The device of showing the mechanics makes for spell-binding theater. The ensemble of superb actors, especially John Ficarra, Jonathan Gonzalez, and Susan Wilder, handle the stories' range with ease."

- Julia Hawkins, The Bohemian


 

 

 

 

 

"This version of the Arabic classic is both poetic and humorous, with each story ending with a wise lesson. And just as the King awaits another story so do we. One of the most clever and enchanting stories is that of the old miser shunned for his smelly old shoes, that accidentally find themselves on a rich man's feet at the baths...Interpretations by Stephanie Gularte as Schahrazad, Michael Wiles as the King, and Melissa Thompson as Dunyazad, along with the remainder of the cast, are awe-inspiring under the diligent baton of Lesley Currier."

- Annette Lust, West of Twin Peaks Observer

 


 

 

 

 

 

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