English poetry has never been my thing, and aside from "Romeo & Juliet," I really have no interest in William Shakespeare. Don't get me wrong, I respect him and regard him as a great writer, he's just not my style. So how did I end up at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales University?
My 24-year-old daughter was coming to town to visit for a week from the "big city" of Philadelphia. We hadn't really had much planned, so when I was offered tickets to see "Antony and Cleopatra"at PSF, I grabbed them.
I can honestly say that we were worried that we got in over our head as we sat in the theater waiting for the show to start. We overheard other audience members talking about Shakespearean concepts and the history of "tragicomedies." Huh?!
Then the lights went out and off we went to Egypt. Kissing, fighting, laughing, crying, comedy, tragedy, romance ... I couldn't believe it, but I found myself falling in love with Shakespeare!
Cleopatra's taunts and longings were perfectly captured by actress Lauren Lovett. She kept me on the edge of my seat, wanting to know if she really did love Antony more than herself.
Greg Wood, who played Antony, really made me angry (because of his betrayal of Cleopatra), happy (once he returned to Cleopatra) and mesmerized by his overall passion.
The parts were all cast so well. I hated the militant Octavius Caesar and I laughed at Lepidus and Enobarbus.
We had such a great time getting to see the drama unfold before us and feeling every emotion. The performance was a refreshing reminder of how good a trip to the playhouse can be. I definitely recommend going to see "Antony and Cleopatra" while you can (which is till August 2).
This post was written by Lehigh Valley InSite guest blogger Toni Halkais. Thanks to PSF & Lee A. Butz for the above photo.