Reviewsday: Stratford Festival’s Antony and Cleopatra

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Oddly, the Stratford Festival’s HD production of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra is listed (on imdb.com and elsewhere) as “humorous” and “comedy.” True, there are some pleasingly light moments in the production, but make no mistake, it is a muscular and affecting presentation of the bard’s tragedy.

The Barry Avrich production (based on a Gary Griffin stage production) was outstanding: flawless transitions, excellent acting, and brilliant staging, though the first act had some strange camera angles.

Geraint Wyn Davies as Antony and Yanna McIntosh as Cleopatra turn in brilliant performances (though, strangely, there seemed to be no romantic or sexual chemistry between them). I was puzzled by Tom McCamus’s accent as Enobarbus, but his portrayal of Antony’s vacillating general was strong, as was every performance in this production.

Best of all, I was able to watch the entire production, lasting just under two hours, for free on YouTube.

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About writerhoss

I am a writer from southwestern Ohio, and a frequent speaker at churches, conferences, and retreats. My books include The Bard and the Bible (A Shakespeare Devotional).
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