As You Like It | First Folio Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

As You Like It The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 20 2017

My favorite Shakespeare comedies always have a touch of the melancholy in them. You need both the bitter and the sweet to raise the stakes and deepen the poetry. Some of the performers in Skyler Schrempp’s brash, uneven production for First Folio get this, most notably Kevin McKillip (superb as that most likable depressive, Jacques). McKillip isn't afraid to show us there are tears behind laughter. Others seem utterly unaware there are dark undercurrents in the play, or that the Bard’s lines can have second and third meanings; too many are just bellowed, most of the comedy lost amid the histrionics. All of these missed opportunities contribute to the show’s lackluster ending—amusing, just not moving. —Jack Helbig

Price: $29-$39, $26-$36 students and seniors

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