Cymbeline by William Shakespeare. Directed by Andrew Borthwick-Leslie.
By J. Peter Bergman
Dennis Krausnick, Evan Koepnick, Auburn Eilean Matson, Sonia Lindner; photo: Kevin Sprague
Upon entering the Founders Theatre at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox I was told that as an invited critic I was requested NOT to review the play performed by the 2011 Conservatory participants and long-time company member Dennis Krausnik. Well, Shakespeare and Company should hang their heads in shame. After a thirteen week intensive the company of eleven actors and Krausnik turned in the kind of performance that should be celebrated by more than three audiences (it only plays two more times on Saturday, December 17). Good people, on all levels, did good work and that deserves more opportunity to reap the emotional awards of hard efforts and personal involvement (and exposure to honest criticism is a part of the training of young actors, by the way). If you can get a ticket, you should. This is one of Shakespeare’s quirkiest plays (the last time I saw it in 1971 in New York a young Sam Waterston was a stand-out in a thankless role). The Company should have scheduled an eight performance, two-weekend run. The play runs three hours and forty minutes. Most of it is fun thanks to the director, designers and a charming cast including Sonia Lindner, Evan Koepnick, Desh Vansadia, Auburn Eilean Matson, Kate Willett, Alix Rosenfeld, Casey McShain, Becca Bowe, George Alvarez, Caitlin Kraft, Erin Ouellette and Dennis Krausnick.