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Two Gentlemen of Verona

a Comedy
by William Shakespeare

COMPANY : North Fulton Drama Club [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Barrington Hall [WEBSITE]
ID# 3832

SHOWING : September 17, 2010 - October 02, 2010



This Shakespeare tale is the story of two young men and their adventure of leaving home for the first time. While one will be leaving the girl he loves, even though she is unaware of his affections, the other is being sent off to the equivalent of a boys' finishing school. In the course of the play’s action, both boys make the journey away from home, and both behave in ways that get them in terrible trouble.

Costume Designer / Producer A. Nikki Strickland
Apprentice Director Jessica DeMaria
Assistant Director / Costume Designer Alyssa Jackson
Director / Sound Design Thomas L. Strickland
Stage Manager Catherine Connor
Costume Construction / Asst Stage Mgr Tiffany Karp
Fight Coordinator Kati Grace Morton
Original Music & Lyrics, Musical Arrange Paige Steadman
Panthino / Eglamour Sean Anderson
Launce Jason Carlile
Antonio/Outlaw Brad Corbin
Sylvia Sarah Craig
Duke of Milan Donovan Craig
Outlaw / Musician Chris Davis
Lucetta / Hostess Kristin Hall
Julia Stephanie Laubscher
Outlaw / Musician Patrick Lundy
Proteus Jason Meinhardt
Speed David Morgen
Valentine John O'Keefe
Outlaw / Musician Paige Steadman
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The Wild, Wild West
by playgoer
Sunday, October 3, 2010
North Fulton Drama Club's production of "Two Gentlemen of Verona" is performed on the grounds of Barrington Hall in Roswell. That means it has to contend with honking cars, revving trucks, and police and ambulance sirens. It's a tribute to the production that it is mostly successful in transporting the audience to the wild west for a couple of hours of entertainment.

A lot of the success has to do with the set, by Thomas Strickland, Lawrence Ficek, and Robert Jenkins. The backing flats are covered in red, rocky mountains, white clouds, and blue sky. Four revolving panels on the central platform show building fronts in Verona and Milan, then turn in act two to match the backing flats. The plantation house of Barrington Hall, visible behind, is pretty much of the same period, so it doesn't distract much.

The costumes, designed by Alyssa Jackson and Nikki Strickland, do a wonderful job of helping to set the scene. The elegant gowns for Julia and Sylvia contrast with the rugged western wear of the men, and social distinctions are nicely delineated by the quality and cleanliness
of the fabrics. The set and costumes are wonderful.

Of course, the visual appeal of a production only goes so far if the playwright's words can't be heard or understood. William Shakespeare's words sometimes are difficult for a modern audience to comprehend, but that isn't a particular problem here. The ambient noise inherent in an open-air venue is more of an issue. Fortunately, the four leads all have powerful voices that they use to project Shakespeare's words with clarity.
Area newcomer John O'Keefe, as Valentine, does a wonderful job of making himself clear, in terms of both speech and character. Company first-timers Jason Meinhardt, as Proteus, and Stephanie Laubscher, as Julia, add comic touches to their roles that keep the audience pleased. Sarah Craig, as love interest Sylvia, looks lovely and statuesque in her becoming gown. I only wish I had sat closer, to better see the expressions on her face that made nearer viewers chortle.

The audience favorite, though, was Duke (as Crabbe the Dog). Live animals onstage can be distracting, but Jason Carlile (as Launce) did a good job of controlling Duke when he could be controlled and letting him chew the stairs or do whatever when he couldn't be. Duke was pretty mellow throughout, so there were no disruptions, just charmingly real canine behavior.

"Two Gentlemen of Verona" is a largely successful production that puts a wild west twist on Shakespeare with a very natural flair. The songs by Paige Steadman add to the atmosphere, as do all the components of the production. Shakespeare can be fun! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
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