Weekend Showcase: “As You Like It” at Plymouth Playhouse
A New Hope based production company shows the timelessness of Shakespeare can entertain today’s audiences too. 2140 Productions is putting Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” on stage at the Plymouth Playhouse. The show runs through Sunday.
“This play is not a comedy and it’s not a tragedy,” says Christopher Kent, who plays Orlando. “It’s a tragic comedy and I think that’s life.”
Shakespeare can be tedious to read and difficult to understand at first, but the actors kept the original dialogue and do a good job relating the meaning to the audience. They research to understand exactly what the author meant when writing the script.
“You do have to look up some of what he meant by the words,” says Amanda Johnson, who plays Adam. “Some of his words you think you know what they mean, but they do not mean what they mean to us today.”
The themes of love, friendship, loyalty and ambition are as common now as they were in the 17th century. The actors interpret the script with gusto and energy.
This is the troupe’s first production at the Plymouth Playhouse. “As You Like It” runs through Sunday and showtimes are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturdya night and 2 p.m. on Sunday.