The CSUSB Barnes Theater Company will hold performances rendering their take on William Shakespeare’s comedy, “As You Like It,” from Nov. 15 through Nov. 24.
The two hour play is a tale of love filled with laughter. It tells the story of Rosalind, played by Lisa Parker, and Orlando, T.J. Sloan, as they fall in love. was directed by Tom Provenzano, and under his direction the actors do well in keeping the audience laughing and in tune with the progressing story.
In the two-hour play, the two are banished from Duke Frederick’s court; Orlando for persecution by his older brother, Oliver and Rosalind for angering the Duke.
Orlando, unaware that Rosalind has been living in her father’s territory under a disguise as a man, seeks advice on how to obtain Rosalind’s love from her alter-ego, Ganymede.
The two portray lovers well and the scenes in which Orlando is taking advice from Ganymede, in which Rosalind can’t help but let subtle looks of admiration slip from her control.
The supporting characters, such as the Touchstone, provide the play with laughs that go beyond the play’s tale of love.
The Touchstone that Rosalind escapes with, played by Adam Barnard, steals the audience’s attention with over-the-top song, dance, and humor.
Barnard serves as a bridge between an audience that may not know much about Shakespeare outside of what they learned in high school by adding well-timed humor and charm to every scene that he is involved in.
Students have been impressed with this humor and the overall quality of the play.
The play caught Cynthia Munoz attention even though she doesn’t usually attend plays. “It seemed interesting so I just had to go.”
Munoz said, “I absolutely loved it. All the characters were well developed and the humor made it really worth watching.”
When asked about her favorite part of the play, she went on about how she enjoyed the story between Rosalind and the other lovers that were in the forest.
Munoz said, “My favorite part was when Phoebe was rejecting her lover by playing hard to get, and in turn started to fall in love with Rosalind while she was disguised as man.”
The actors perform well, fir the most part it was easy for viewers grasp what is happening in the play. The only part that left me confused was during Duke Frederick’s territory in which the play outside of Rosalind’s pining for Orlando.
It is difficult to discern whether this comes from a lack of understanding of Shakespeare or the direction of the newer rendition.
The actors and stagehands in the Barnes Theater do really well in rendering a play for modern audiences portraying lovers well.
Tickets for students are $6 when purchased with a student ID and are $15 for non-students.