Just got home from an all-out Shakespearean romp! The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company has Cymbeline running as its Halloween play, billed as ‘a most chilling fairy tale’.
Having read the lengthy synopsis, I was ready for the twists and turns. What I really enjoyed, though, were Director Brian Isaac Phillips’ program notes – providing a little perspective on this seldom-seen production.
Cymbeline has enough devious behavior for 4 or 5 plays. And has Giles Davies as the wicked queen’s son, Cloten. The role gives Giles ample opportunity to go right over the top in gaining the biggest laughs of the farce/comedy/drama/ tragedy.
Corinne Mohlenhoff is also excellent – what a treat she is – royal princess one minute, page wandering in the forest the next, with great comedic timing in evidence as well. And this is perhaps the bawdiest of Will’s plays, with very explicit comments and comedy.
The company, as always, is first rate, with Josh Stamoolis taking honors – he’s been with the company less than a year, and is obviously a major talent.
What a great evening! (Preceded by a wonderful meal at Myra’s Dionysus.) Too bad there’s only one more chance to see it – the matinee tomorrow, Veteran’s Day.