The Drilling Company returns to the theater with this botched tragicomedy about two cousins who fall in love with the same woman.
For its return to the scene, the Shakespeare in the Parking Lot series from the Drilling Company did not rely on a familiar pleasure from a catalog of the greatest success. He instead chose a deep cut: "The two noblThe parents ". This play wasn 't even a solo effort for Shakespeare, who shares credit with John Fletcher, as a Jacobean version of James Patterson sharing authorship with lesser-known collaborators for his thrillers. could also include a third culprit, director Hamilton Clancy, as the original is unlikely to contain references to Celine Dion and the ballad "I Will Always Love You " (We are checking with Folger Shakespeare Library .)
The popcorn aspect is not incidental either: although it is not a high end drama, there is certainly potential for disturbance in the sloppy and almost incoherent adventures of two cousins falling in love with the same woman, with dark notes inserted at seemingly random intervals a tedious comedic subplot grafted because why not? it 's tragicomedy, youso need a bit of everything, larger pieces this one thrived despite devil's logic.
Unfortunately, the staging of Clancy did not exploit this potential, and at a recent night at Bryant Park, the production relied mostly on some serious enthusiasm. (The show moves to the parking lot of the Clemente Soto Velez Culture and Education Center on the Lower East Side next week.)
In this iteration, the cousins are Palamon (Bradford Frost) sans socks and chinos and Arcite (John Caliendo, in a role played by, fun fact, David Harbor in the 2003 Public Theater production). In fact, they feel more like mismatched brothers from Delta Tau Chi, hitting the brewskis until they both fall in love.The hearts of Emilia (Liz Livingston). Notice, it was enough to see her through the window of the cell where they found themselves after fighting the power, it 's Theseus (Lukas Raphael).
This shared passion for a comely lady who happens to be Theseus' sister-in-law turns the young men into rivals, then they become friends again, then there is a fight, which does not end well for the sake of it. 'One. Two. As for Emilia, it doesn't matter which cousin she prefers because the dying one just gives her to the survivor.
Meanwhile, the jailer's daughter may not be deemed worthy of a character name, but still lands plenty of juicy comedic scenes after she becomes obsessed - also after just one look - with Palamon. It 's an excuse for actress Jane Bradley to chew up the scenery happily, except that we are on the upper terrace of the park behind the library.public in New York and there is none. To indicate when the jailer's daughter totally loses the plot (like many of us in the audience), Bradley shows up with smeared lipstick, like a long lost relative of the Joker. A production interested in subtlety might have given off a poignant resonance in its descent into madness, like when Malvolio garners our sympathy after being humiliated in "Twelfth Night ", but it 's not it. evys1bk0 "> Apparently, Cl ancy's concept was some kind of " modern spy story "which is not highlighted in what we see. of these modern films are far-fetched and incomprehensible that the idea is perhaps perfectly executed.
Two noble parents
July 28-30 at Clemente, Manhattan; shakespeareintheparkinglot.com . Duration: 1h45.