Shakespeare Blog #1

It’s that time of year again, where the old blog is dusted off and a new life is breathed, or typed? into it. So, lets just jump straight into it with week 1’s blog topic:

“Write an impromptu review of the play seen on Friday night. Make any comments you wish on how you understood the director’s decisions to caste Antony and Cleopatra in the way he did, and maybe why Pompey was caste as a woman.”

A buzz of anticipation rippled throughout the air as the house lights dimmed, Philo, Played by Joseph Del Re took center stage to deliver his monologue, imploring the audience to judge the Story of Antony and Cleopatra love.

Both the casting and production of the Bell Shakespeares rendition of Antony and Cleopatra was nothing less than stunning, employing the use of militaristic stage design, modern day attire and props, projection technology coupled with atmospheric lighting and sharp sound design that created at times, such an intense feeling of drama that at times the play itself felt more cinematic then some modern day blockbusters.
The cast (listed below) felt real and relatable, with each actor adding a level of authenticity to their character it was hard to believe that we, the audience, were not simply watching an every day scene from their lives. When A character felt pain the audience felt the pain along with them, and when Antony (Johnny Carr) and Cleopatra (Catherine McClements) engaged in passionate romance the rooms sexual tension grew to levels not seen since Sharon Stones infamous scene in Basic Instinct.

The Bell Shakespeare company certainly knows how to put on a fantastic show, and one can tell the amount of time, dedication and love that went into this production was phenomenal. If you haven’t had a chance to go to a Bell Shakespeare production, please, do yourself a favor and go treat yourself to a fantastic night out.

I’m giving this production of Antony and Cleopatra a “Hey, that’s pretty good” out of five…that means five out of five…