Tuesday, November 6, 2018

reviews - PERICLES: PRINCE OF TYRE - Southwest Shakespeare Company

Joshua Murphy, Jesse James Kamps (center) and Cast
photo by Laura Durant
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through November 10th.

"..William Shakespeare is known for both his incredible tragedies as well as his hilarious comedies. Yet he also wrote a few epic fantasy adventures which seem to not get produced as often as his other more well-known titles. While his Pericles: Prince of Tyre rambles a bit and has a laundry list of assorted characters and situations (two shipwrecks, riddles, incest and even a gang of kidnapping pirates), with an incredibly game cast and inspired direction, Southwest Shakespeare Company's production proves to be one fun and very entertaining romp....First, let me be clear that the plot is all over the place, is slightly convoluted, a bit confusing, and takes a short while for all of the pieces to come together....It's also full of witty and rich dialogue, and an abundance of colorful characters which are similar in style and tone to many of Shakespeare's comedies....Quinn Mattfeld...delivers an inspired production full of adventure, romance, drama and comedy. He uses bits of music, which add to the story but never go on too long to get in the way of the plot, and doesn't let the absurd moments in the script get out of hand, but he also has fun with the comic ones; his staging of the fight Pericles enters to win the hand of the daughter of King Simonides is comic genius. Keath Hall's fight choreography is superb. The entire 13-person cast expertly play a vast number of characters with reckless abandonment. Josh Murphy infuses the role of Pericles with passion, pain and pathos, while Keath Hall serves as the play's playful narrator. ..Southwest Shakespeare's production of Pericles makes for a fun, entertaining, humorous and heartfelt journey......... " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

".."Director Mattfeld brings...passion for performance to Pericles.  With his work on Frankenstein and now with Pericles, Prince of Tyre, the new Interim Producing Artistic Director has unexpectedly infused the company with a welcome shot of creative adrenaline." ...." -David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage (click here to read the complete review)

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