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The Tempest
a Drama w/ Comedy & Music
CATEGORY : DRAMA
by William Shakespeare

COMPANY : Performing Arts North [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Dancing Goat Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 4483

SHOWING : July 26, 2013 - August 10, 2013

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Be enchanted by the post-apocalyptic world of "The Tempest." Native creatures haunt the island as Prospera, the sorcerer, and her daughter, Miranda, are banished as the only people on the island after being betrayed by Prospera’s sisters back home in Milan. As one of Shakespeare’s last plays, and considered one of the first works of science fiction, all your favorite themes fill the story: magic, revenge, love, lust, and raw humor.

*The Tempest is directed by college-age students who have been learning from the founders of the Dancing Goat Theater since they began high school. Since then, every summer has been devoted to helping the theatre stay afloat in a recession, learning about all aspects of arts administration as they go. This is the first student-directed piece in the space. Join us to support growing artists and embrace creativity!


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Another World
by playgoer
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
4.5
Performing Arts North’s production of Shakespeare’s "The Tempest" makes wonderful use of an environmental staging. The audience in the black box theatre is split into two portions at opposite corners of the rectangular space. The set consists of a ship in one corner, Prospera’s tree in the opposite corner, and an illuminated pond off-center, surrounded by an open playing area. As the auditorium is opened, scampering nymphs in dark clothes and makeup interact with the audience as speechless, inquisitive, mischievous, and sometimes ill-tempered feral beings. Their movement and actions mirror those of Caliban in the show (the magnificent, green-faced Marty Wallis). It’s a masterstroke by directors Marissa Fleming and Jackie Yarbro.

The concept is that this is another planet, not just an isolated island. That’s really an unnecessary device, since the ship could either be a spaceship or a sea ship, and costumes (by Cole Spivia) are a variety of Earth fashions. It’s another world, definitely, but not evidently a whole new planet. In any case, the design sensibility informing the costumes and set is quirky and surprising, yet cohesive.

Acting is generally quite good, with Elijah Martell providing a never-ending series of belches to enhance his performance as Stephano. Rebecca Martell invests Ariel with non-stop energy, and the Miranda of Jordan Compton, the Antonia of Adrianna Booker, and the Sebastian of Brian Chenard all show additional evidence of the stellar quality of the younger portion of the cast. Older members are sometimes less successful, particularly Margarita Moldovan as a less-than-regal Alonsa who messed up a line at the performance I saw, breaking character as she attempted to cover.

The true test of a production is whether or not it can take the audience into its world and keep them there throughout the entire action. This production of "The Tempest" succeeds fully by that standard, weaving a spell from the moment each audience member enters the auditorium, a spell released only by the applause that Prospera (Alison Ramsay) begs of the audience at the conclusion. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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