As You Like It
by William Shakespeare
July 9 – August 28, 2016
Performed outdoors at Lincoln Park, Touhy Park, Schreiber Park, and Gross Park
Cast: Charlee Cotton, Emily Demko, Eric Duhon, Richard Eisloeffel, Adam Gianforte, Sonia Goldberg, Adam Habben, Margaret Kellas, Maggie Miller, Ian Michael Minh, Alexis Randolph, Elizabeth Rentfro, Erick Rivera, Shane Roberie, and James Sparling
Production Staff: Beth Wolf (Director), Beth Laske-Miller (Costume Design), Martel Manning (Vocal Coach), Kristina McCloskey (Assistant Director), Elizabeth Rentfro (Music Director/Composer), Chris Smith (Fight Director), and Robin Waisanen (Stage Manager)
The As You Like It Original Cast Recording, featuring four original songs composed for the production, is available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, and more.
“…a fleet, 90-minute version of As You Like It, adapted and directed by Beth Wolf, and performed by a talented, energetic 15-member ensemble of actors and musicians. Anchored by the articulate, distinguished James Sparling as both of the Dukes, radiant performances by Charlee Cotton and Emily Demko as Celia and Rosalind and featuring upbeat, toe-tapping music (and some ballads) by Elizabeth Rentfro, who also plays a sardonic but complex Jacques, this As You Like It is Chicago summer entertainment at its finest. … Director Beth Wolf…has a strong hold on what makes it work for a contemporary audience… Wolf focuses on the relationships that matter—showing how ridiculous the quarrels that separate brother from brother, fathers and daughters, and cousins from each other are. She ensures that all of the actors understand what they are saying and that they communicate this to the audience. Most of all, the musicality of the poetry comes through loud and clear. … Wolf’s As You Like It is a clear, entertaining take on a classic.”
3.5 out of 4 stars.
Kerstin Broockman, Chicago Stage Standard, 07.09.2016
Director Beth Wolf paces this tight. Actors are often running on and off stage to keep the frolic lively and engaging. … This IS as Shakespeare would like it… It was Chicago. It was theatre. It was a perfect way to enjoy both.
Katy Walsh, The Fourth Walsh, 09.10.2016