Sunday, November 22, 2009
I was lucky enough to see the Fiasco Theatre's production of Shakespeare's Cymbeline. Six talented actors perform the roles of 24 characters in a small black box theater, with several boxes and one sturdy trunk as props and set pieces. Besides the voice work of reciting Shakespeare's poetry as if it were natural speech, each actor at the drop of a hat also sings either alone or together in a beautiful blend of voices. The cast is also called on to play musical instruments, including but not limited to guitar, banjo, french horn, and lots of different kinds of drums.
It is a pleasure to watch such a capable cast perform a complicated play with the utmost clarity and simplicity and style. This company is truly wonderful. Every time they sang together as an ensemble I felt deeply happy. I hope that I get to see them again soon. It is a shame it was such a short run again-- they deserve a much bigger audience.