|Tatiana with the ass-headed Nick Bottom|
As soon as we laid eyes on the setting, we knew we were in for a treat. The small stage was situated on Selby's lake in the midst of lush oak, palm and other trees. A heron landed on an adjacent peninsula as if to watch the proceedings. A mother duck and her ducklings swam through the lily pads. It was an idyllic location befitting of a play that takes place in a forest and uses a magic potion derived from a flower as a plot device.
|Puck and Oberon|
|Thisbe, the wall and Pyramus|
|Helena, Demetrius, Lysander and Hermia|
Not surprisingly, the mischievous Puck made a few funny asides as he tried to undo the errors he had made in application of his love potion. "Can you do me a solid and lie right here?" he asked. "I'll never hear the end of it if you don't."
The silliest--and most high energy--reminder of our current world involved a celebratory dance to Ludacris singing "I wanna li-li-li-lick you from your head down to your toes." I suspect the students chose the music (and that I wasn't the only audience member who hadn't heard the song before, although it now holds a special place in my iTunes library).
|The craftsman actor|
The inaugural Dog Days Theatre season features Relatively Speaking by Alan Ayckbourn and a theatrical version of Double Indemnity. It's a welcome addition to the Southwest Florida theater scene -- and a great opportunity to check out the fine work of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory students.
See you at the theater!