(photo by Michael Cooper)The Success of Love – Jack Shall Have Jill, Jill shall Have Jill, Jack Shall Have Jack
Stratford’s opening week ends on a supremely high note
by Dave Ross and Stuart Munro
DR: Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino selected “minds pushed to the edge” as his theme for this season. I’d suggest purists do the same – I think that it is very easy to get stuck on the idea of how a play should be performed. Yes, Shakespeare is wordy. Yes, he asks difficult questions in many of his plays (see King Lear). His work is seen as sacred by some. But that doesn’t mean that directors can’t have fun with it. What makes this production all the more astounding is that Abraham has managed to make this a fun, joyous evening while still asking the difficult questions, drawing attention to that core story you mention above – people longing to be with the one they love despite society telling them they can’t be. This production manages to transport the audience into the midst of a true midsummer night’s eve, to witness the success of love. To riff on a line from the play, Jack shall have Jill, or Jack, or Jill will have Jill. This production is a wonderful wrap to opening week, and I for one look forward to seeing it again at least once. You should as well.