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Antony and Cleopatra

Marin Shakespeare - Antony and Cleopatra 2010 - Cleopatra and Iras

"Those who yearn for the classics will be delighted to see history brought to life by the Marin Shakespeare Company’s 'Antony and Cleopatra' at the Forest Meadows Amphitheatre at Dominican University....

The outdoor stage heats up quickly when Marc Antony, played by Marvin Greene of San Francisco, entwines with Queen Cleopatra, brought to vibrant life by gorgeous Marcia Pizzo of Mill Valley....

The colorful minimalist costumes, designed by Abra Berman of Novato, mimic those from the Roman legions yet wisely allow for the actors’ movement. Cleopatra’s outfits are truly fit for a queen, from seductive white gauzy robes to a skirt fronted with real peacock feathers.

The play is challenging, yet these passionate actors are clearly worthy of the task."

-- Cari Pace, Marinscope


Octavius and Antony argue

"In the current outdoor production at the Marin Shakespeare Company—the first time in over 40 years that this play has been staged in the North Bay area—director Lesley Currier puts her emphasis on the over-the-top emotional underpinnings of the story, sometimes pushing the show to the edge of camp.

 

That's not a complaint. Currier takes a story that almost begs to be played as camp and manages to keep it just this side of that, while still allowing her actors to go for the thick gooey gusto of their roles....

 

Marin Shakepeare- Antony and Cleopatra - Antony and his wife, and her brother Octavius

 

One of the best scenes in the show is the tension-filled meet-up between Antony and Octavius, and Shakespeare's writing here is as good as it gets (in this conspicuously knocked-together effort by the playwright, anyway).

As the second act becomes a series of chronologically linked vignettes depicting the inevitable wars and betrayal, Cleopatra becomes more needy and manipulative as Antony goes rapidly cuckoo. The result is both gripping and occasionally hilarious, a kind of satire poking fun at the vanity of the world's richest and most famous."

-- David Templeton, North Bay Bohemian

 


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