Antony and Cleopatra
(July 4 – Aug. 20, 2011, 7 PM Showtime)
Antony and Cleopatra is hands-down Shakespeare’s funniest tragedy. It’s hard to believe the Fools have never tackled this dramatic duo before. After all, the famous lovers are as worthy of mockery as any Hollywood couple (Clantony? Antopatra? TMZ is still working on the nickname). Cleo is queen of the divas. One minute she’s the embodiment of style and grace, the next minute she’s the most petulant of spoiled brats. Tony is the Roman Empire’s answer to South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford. He neglects his wife and his state for the love of a seductress from way down south. As Tony dallies in Egypt with his celebrity paramour, the Roman Empire is coming apart at the seams. Conspiracies, double-crosses and back-stabbing abound in the power vacuum left behind in his absence. Finally, forced to choose between love and duty, Antony flip-flops between being a heroic leader and a hen-pecked lapdog faster than a pancake cook at IHOP. Cleo tries to stand by her man, but can’t keep herself from pulling his strings. From full-on sea battles to a botched “noble end” that is literally gut-wrenching, Antony and Cleopatra is tragedy on hyperbolic steroids. In the hands of a Company of Fools, all that over-wrought mayhem translates into pure comedy gold. It’s so OTT you’ll LOL when A+C are DEAD.
Performances begin each evening at 7:00 p.m. Admission is: “pass-the-hat-pay-what-you-can” with a suggested minimum donation of $10.
- Katie Bunting
- Richard Gélinas as Antony
- Catriona Leger as Cleopatra
- Cari Leslie
- Stewart Matthews
- Geoff McBride
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