(Photo courtesy Knavish Hedgehog Productions)
Company: Knavish Hedgehog Productions, Winnipeg, MB
Venue: 19 - RAW Gallery
As You Like It is arguably one of the bard's sweetest texts. Rather than attempting to rein in the frivolity of the romantic comedy, Winnipeg company Knavish Hedgehog Productions has fully embraced the silliness of the plot. The result is a charming production that had the audience laughing out loud.
The entire cast seems to have an understanding of the dense text that belies their young age.
These actors have done their homework. The entire cast seems
to have an understanding of the dense text that belies their young age. They invoke the passages with humour, passion
and sarcasm in all the right places and with pizazz. To be fair, sometimes with
a little too much pizazz, a few of the smaller players did have the tendency to
overact in their moment in the spotlight.
I would recommend this play to anyone looking to be inspired by the future of theatre in this city. And especially to parents looking for an opportunity to introduce their young ones to Shakespeare.