The acting makes the play on Atholton High stage

Review

Howard Live

November 23, 2005|By EMILY WOODHOUSE | EMILY WOODHOUSE,RIVER HILL HIGH SCHOOL

"All the world's a stage," and all Atholton's men and women merely players. In last week's performance of the Shakespearean tale As You Like It, Atholton's capable cast performed one of the bard's entangling and perplexing comedies.

As You Like It boasts a complex plot featuring four pairs of lovers, disguised courtiers and a few moon-eyed shepherds thrown together in the expansive Forest of Arden. This show features a young lass, in disguise as a man, who becomes a male confidant of her oblivious lover. Assisted by her fool, her cousin and her exiled father, she and the rest of the lovers are finally united.

Rosalind, a tortured young soul, was played with great strength by Emily Rozanski. However, when Rosalind donned a manly facade, Rozanski truly seemed to shine, adopting a masculine swagger and, at the same time, a very feminine connection with her lover Orlando (Evan Egel).

Standouts in the supporting cast were Rosalind's cousin Celia (played by Danielle McAllister) and the fool, Touchstone (Ben Zurier). However, the spotlight was stolen by Evan Sanderson - "one man in his time plays many parts"; indeed, the talented actor played three roles in the show (Jaques, Charles the Wrestler and a guitarist). As Jaques, Sanderson gave many lengthy monologues, which he delivered with both comical and tragic tones. His performance was astounding.

Technical aspects were also impressive. A creative set allowed for a realistic forest backdrop.

Although choreography and awkward staging sometimes impeded the flow of the show, nothing seemed to get in the way of the actors' voices.

As You Like It is a charming play, full of mistaken identity, the loyalties of friendship and the confusion of true love. Atholton's cast managed to sort out an intricate plot and presented it in a way that may have been as Shakespeare would have liked it.

Emily Woodhouse, a junior at River Hill, reviewed "As You Like It" for the Cappies of Baltimore, a program in which students review high school productions under the direction of their teachers and vote on awards for outstanding performances.

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