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re: MERRY WIVES - Any feedback from recent performances would be appreciated ( nmi ) - JR
Posted by: JereNYC (JereNYC@aol.com) 10:07 am EDT 07/28/21
In reply to: MERRY WIVES - Any feedback from recent performances would be appreciated ( nmi ) - JR - JR 07:10 pm EDT 07/27/21

I saw the Tuesday performance last week, the night before they started having to cancel performances due to Covid.

The production is really delightful and resets the story to Harlem among the West African immigrant community there. I wasn't familiar with most of the cast, with the exception of Susan Kelechi Watson, who plays Madam Ford here, as well as Beth on THIS IS US and is also in the fairly recent film in which Tom Hanks plays Mr. Rogers. Jacob Ming-Trent, the original actor playing Falstaff, had been injured and there were notices outside the theatre that Brandon E. Burton would be going on in the role. I don't know how much rehearsal or how many performances Burton had prior to the night I was there, but he was terrific and you'd never have known that he was an understudy.

One thing...this is an adaptation of the Shakespeare, which may not appeal to purists. That said, there's still a lot of the original language there.

If you're on the fence about going, due to reasons other than ones Covid-related, go check it out. I was really glad to have ventured out and it was so good to be back in a theatre again.
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