January 13, 2010 / GO Brooklyn / Fort Greene / Theater / Waiting in the Wings

‘Bridge’ to Shakespeare’s worst show?

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The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s trans-Atlantic “Bridge Project” will start its second season with a Shakespeare play that’s a bit of a comedown from prior works in the series, “The Cherry Orchard” and “The Winter’s Tale.”

“As You Like It,” one of the Bard’s most-performed, but certainly not best, plays, began previews on Jan. 12, but critics won’t be allowed in until next week (catch The Butcher of Flatbush Avenue Extension’s review in our issue of Jan. 29).

One thing that will be on our minds is the low-wattage of this particular Bridge Project event. Where “The Cherry Orchard” and “The Winter’s Tale” boasted the stylings of Ethan Hawke, plus radiant performances by Simon Russell Beale, Rebecca Hall, Josh Hamilton and Sinéad Cusack, “As You Like It” features Michelle Beck (from Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Christian Camargo (best known for the film, “The Hurt Locker”), Stephen Dillane (Broadway’s “The Real Thing”), Ron Cephas Jones (Broadway’s “Gem of the Ocean”), Juliet Rylance (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s “The Winter’s Tale”) and Thomas Sadoski (Broadway’s “reasons to be pretty”).

Holding it all together is Director Sam Mendes, the theater and film auteur (“American Beauty”) who helmed the previous Bridge Project productions.

One of Shakespeare’s so-called “pastoral comedies,” “As You Like It” is actually best known for all the cross-dressing in a plot that has more gender bending than a night at Lucky Cheng’s. The good news? During the run of “As You Like It,” the same cast will also begin performances of “The Tempest,” Shakespeare’s last play. Both shows will then run in repertory through March 13.

“As You Like It” at the BAM Harvey Theater [651 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place in Fort Greene, (718) 636-4100], Jan. 12-March 13. “The Tempest” runs Feb. 14-March 13 at the same theater.

Updated 5:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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Amy Nieporent from Kensington says:
The Bridge Project will not be a low-wattage event by any means. Christian Carmago and Juliet Rylance were responsible for some of the best Shakespearean interpretations in New York last year in Theatre for a New Audience Production's of "Hamlet" and "Othello." This is not-to-miss Shakespeare!
Jan. 13, 2010, 8 pm
mike from Ft. Greene says:
I saw this last night and was blown away. Amazing performance. Great show! Go!
Jan. 14, 2010, 10:45 am
Classicgal from Park Slope says:
It's downright irresponsible journalism to write a negative article about a production you haven't seen, because you imagine you won't like it based on your own ignorance of the cast and the play. You're writing for The Brooklyn Paper for a reason.......
Jan. 14, 2010, 11:56 am
jmarsh from Boston says:
Are you insane? Ethan Hawke is "high wattage?" I am traveling 400 miles to see Stephen Dillane and would travel 400 more if necessary. I wouldn't walk around the block to see Ethan Hawke.
Jan. 14, 2010, 4:24 pm
jjr from New Hampshire says:
I can't disagree with you more. Like the previous poster I'm traveling to NYC specifically to see these productions and in particular to see Stephen Dillane perform. Ethan Hawke isn't worthy to carry Stephen Dillane's script. Next time have some facts before writing such drivel.
Jan. 14, 2010, 4:35 pm
Pastush Narush from Coney Island Avenue says:
But what about the set designer Maroub Hannariytz? He is the wattage high, no?

Maoub - bashunush mallam.
Jan. 14, 2010, 6:15 pm

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