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  As You Like It at Athenaeum Theatre

As You Like It

Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Chicago

Enjoy the tale of cousins Rosalind and Celia as they flee the restrictive rule of Duke Fredrick to find freedom and love in the magical and "trans-formative" forest of Arden. As this production explores gender identities and society's insistence on roles, it also provides a romantic romp through the forest of Arden filled with laughter and affectionate rumination on the nature of human identity, you'll fall in love with "As You Like It."

Presented by Eclectic Full Contact Theatre

Thru - Apr 22, 2018



Price: $25-$30

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 773-935-6875

www.eclectic-theatre.com


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  As You Like It Reviews
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  • Somewhat Recommended
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...While director Katherine Siegel aims to make a point about gender by casting the gentleman Orlando as a woman (Aja Singletary), thus making her beloved Rosalind’s drag act as a page boy more revelation than disguise, the lightness of the comedy is lost through tiresome adherence to an underdeveloped concept and overwrought, disco-inspired ornamentation."
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Irene Hsiao


Chicago Theatre Review - Somewhat Recommended

"...Katherine Slegel’s production, while it could’ve used some trimming, takes audiences into the woods. She offers gender fluidity in a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s popular, world-famous love story, performed by a company of some excellent actors. Not every member of the cast is successful with Shakespeare’s dialogue, but those who’ve mastered this skill truly stand out. There may not be a better opportunity than Eclectic Theatre’s production to experience this classic play so up close and personal."
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Colin Douglas


Picture This Post - Highly Recommended

"...The anchor of this play is the relationship between Rosalind and Orlando, played by Chloe Baldwin and Aja Singletary respectively. Baldwin tackles the role of Rosalind aggressively and the result is astounding. She plays both sides of the gender role coin, both with confidence and hilarity, and shows the illusion of these imagined societal roles. Singletary, playing a role originally intended for a man, makes you wonder how this play could ever work if Orlando were actually man. She absolutely owns this role. Laura Carney is a master at showing disdain as the exiled Jacques. Her deadpan delivery and facial expressions will make you glad this production allows the close proximity to the actors."
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Stephanie Dykes


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