“Cymbeline” has no business being on anyone’s top 10 Shakespeare list, but it has its glories — most of them outlandish, though a few that are breathtakingly refined. Fiasco’s revival gives us a fair glimpse of both.
Charles McNulty – LA Times
What the company lacks in skill, they make up for in enthusiasm. Theatrical flourishes and sleight-of-hand do their best to entertain and distract the audience from the plays flaws, but these tricks, unfortunately, never transform the events on stage into a relevant piece of theatre.
Thomas Antoinne – Stage and Cinema
William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline has the reputation of being one of the Bard’s “problem” plays, but you’d never guess that from Fiasco Theater’s astonishingly accessible, amazingly inventive six-actor production, now arriving intact at Santa Monica’s The Broad Stage from an off-Broadway run that won over even the toughest New York critics.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA
At about two and a half hours, the production clocks in appropriately and how very smart it was to eliminate the entrance of the Jupiter and assorted apparitions. In truth, the Fiasco Theater needs no help from the divine. They’ve got it.
Evan Henerson – LA Examiner
Fiasco Theater’s “Cymbeline” is a fun, diverting romp through one of Shakespeare’s odder plays, and the cast has enormous fun with the show.
Katie Buenneke – Neon Tommy
But it’s a lot of fun. With one more weekend to go at the Broad, the Fiasco production is one of the few shows at a larger venue this week that isn’t holiday-specific, so it might be worth your time – but if you didn’t see A Noise Within’s version, you might want to consult a synopsis before you enter the theater.
Don Shirley – LA Stage Times
Take a break from the holiday chaos and treat yourself to an ensemble of actors who bring wit and joy to a tricky play.
Anthony Byrnes – KCRW
In this beautifully clear and powerful production of one of Shakespeare’s more densely plot-driven dramas, co-directors Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld chart an assured course through the play’s madness, comedy and tragedy.
Paul Birchall – LA Weekly
It is a wonderful production; performed by extraordinary actors, giving it their all with music, song, and sound effects that completely fulfill our visual, auditory and emotional experience.
Joe Straw – Joe Straw #9
The Broad Stage
1310 11th St., Santa Monica
Contact theater for schedule; Ends Dec. 23, 2012
Tickets: $49-$110; (310) 434-3200
Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
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