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

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 22 2018

Eclectic Full Contact Theatre’s production of As You Like It makes aesthetic choices that mimic forms of torture: A piercingly bright tree of LEDs serves as the central set piece, deafening crashes like high school lockers slammed inches from your eardrums punctuate the scenes, plastic masks obscure the faces of agents who seem not quite to understand the import of their words and deeds—and that’s just act one. While director Katherine Siegel aims to make a point about gender by casting the gentleman Orlando as a woman (Aja Singletary), thus making her beloved Rosalind’s drag act as a page boy more revelation than disguise, the lightness of the comedy is lost through tiresome adherence to an underdeveloped concept and overwrought, disco-inspired ornamentation. —Irene Hsiao

Price: $27-$32, $17-$22 students and seniors

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