That said, Mary makes sure that the actors fully understand this challenging language, and the plot is discernible by their earnest attitudes if not by the words.
Two Gentlemen is an early Shakespeare script, a silly farce of a show with what Director Mary deems “teenage boys” competing and falling in and out of love, complete with plucky girl disguised as a boy, robbers in the forest and an unlikely but neat happy ending. Be sure to read Mary’s interesting director’s note, and the helpful synopsis of the play that is included in the program.
The LCC Black Box was set up in a thrust configuration, with classic columns and a platform, and colorful gobo lighting quickly switching the settings (Robert Fernholz, set and lighting) The show was set in the 20’s with period-ish costumes and jaunty music that had a little old-timey keystone-cops flavor (sound design Max Frutig and TJ Allen.)
My favorite performer was Lance, Proteus’s servant, played by Edward Heldt, who seemed blessed with the funniest lines, and played them to the hilt. His dog, Crab, played with deadpan “Grrrr’s” by Sara DeVaney, provided helpful counterpoint. Kudos to ALL the actors, dealing with ALL those words.
Only two shows left! 8pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday. Donations at the door fund the LCC Scholarship program.
LCC Black Box Theatre
Room 1422 Gannon Building
411 N. Grand Avenue, Lansing 48933
Park on Grand, and enter through the small door on the south end of the building.