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Review: Repertory Theatre's 'As You Like It' enters the 21st century

| Monday, April 4, 2011

From its opening with a cacophony of cell-phone ring tones to its conclusion with a Bollywood-style dance, the University of Pittsburgh Repertory Theatre's "As You Like It" attempts to drag Shakespeare's comedy into the 21st century.

It succeeded well with Thursday night's preview audience of students whose laughter indicated they were following the story and getting the sometimes complexly constructed verbal jokes.

The student cast labored mightily to bring clarity to text, story-line and relationships in this tale of young love and adventure running amok in the forest of Arden. But beyond textual indications, there was little evidence of romance or attraction between the participants. The notable exception was veteran actor Ken Bolden, a first-year teaching artist at Pitt, who played Jacques with a relaxed, confident naturalness.

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'As You Like It'

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday

Admission: $25, $15 for seniors, $12 for students

Where: Charity Randall Theatre, Stephen Foster Memorial, Oakland

Details: 412-624-7529 or www.play.pitt.edu

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