MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Summer 2011

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Sir John Falstaff, tavern bad boy and knight of misrule in Shakespeare’s history plays, meets his match when he tries to scam the housewives of suburban Windsor. And he is not alone. All manner of jealous, hot-headed, pompous and just plain silly men are brought firmly to their senses by Windsor’s merry women. In this silliest of Shakespeare’s comedies, virtue and middle class common sense triumph with the assurance that “Wives may be merry, and yet honest too.”

 


DIRECTOR Michele Delattre
STAGE MANAGER Diane Pickell-Gore
MUSIC DIRECTOR Don Clark
CHOREOGRAPHY Steve Beecroft
COSTUMER Maria Graham
COSTUME AND PROP ASST. Daniel Yelen
SET DESIGNER Steve Coleman
PUBLICITY Pat Meier Johnson
PHOTOGRAPHY Russell Johnson
CURTAIN PRODUCER John Leonard,
ASSISTANT PRODUCERS Alice Montgomery, Vicki Siegel

JUSTICE SHALLOW Norman Macleod
SLENDER,HIS COUSIN Patrick Barresi
SIMPLE, SLENDER’S SERVANT Carla Pauli
FENTON, A GENTLEMAN Phillip Swanson

HUGH EVANS, A WELSH PARSON Steve Beecroft
CAIUS, A FRENCH DOCTOR Damien Seperi
QUICKLY, HIS HOUSEKEEPER Victoria Siegel
JOHN RUGBY, HIS SERVANT Matthew Surrence
MASTER PAGE Johnny DeBernard
MISTRESS PAGE Heather Cherry
ANNE, THEIR DAUGHTER Caitlin Evenson
WILLIAM, THEIR YOUNG SON Daniel Helmer
MASTER FORD Tom Reilly
MISTRESS FORD Patricia Rudd
WILLA THEIR YOUNG DAUGHTER Miranda Craig
JOHN, THE FORDS’ SERVANT Phillip Swanson
ROBERT, THE FORDS’ SERVANT Matthew Surrence

HOSTESS OF THE GARTER Georgie Craig
SIR JOHN FALSTAFF Jack Halton
ROBIN, HIS PAGE-BOY Olivia Rudd
BARDOLPH Hal Hughes
NYM Damien Seperi
PISTOL Matthew Surrence

DON CLARK Guitar
MICHELE DELATTRE Concertina
HAL HUGHES Fiddle
ALICE MONTGOMERY Flute; Melodeon

 

bullet image handMill Valley Life blog review by Liz Greer "The original situation comedy: the Merry Wives of Windsor show Mill Valley audience a good time "
12 September 2011


I finally made it to the Curtain Theatre's production of the Merry Wives of Windsor this weekend. If you're interested and haven't gone yet - it's not too late - there are performances both afternoons next weekend. It's free! Not to be confused with the Stinson Shakespeare company, this is a completely Mill Valley production.

Most of you erudites are probably much more familiar with Shakespeare than I. Somehow I went through 18 years of education without one HOUR of studying it. So I'm definitely not qualified to offer any sort of critique.

But if you're a novice like me, it's possible that you stay away from Shakespeare because you believe that it is difficult to follow. I've certainly had that experience. (Although I did have a crush on Kenneth Branagh during the Henry V movie, even that was still a bit of a slog, for me.) So I must say this even if my ignorance makes some of you wince: the acting in this production made the dialog make total sense. I tried reading the play in the morning before I attended, and it was difficult - but watching the performance I literally would have been hard pressed to say that the dialog wasn't in today's English. The wit, the innuendo, the plays on words - all crystal clear.

So, to quote the Bard from this very play, 'this is the short and the long of it.'

 

 



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