As You Like It (2010) OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
January 26, 2010
Closing:
March 13, 2010

Theater: BAM Harvey Theater / 651 Fulton Street, New York, NY,

Synopsis: 

Following a critically acclaimed inaugural year, theater and Academy Award-winning film director Sam Mendes will again direct a transatlantic company of actors for the second season of The Bridge Project, a unique three-year series of co-productions by BAM, The Old Vic, and Neal Street Productions devoted to producing large-scale, classical theater for international audiences.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF As You Like It (2010)

    Cold Snap Hits the Forest of Arden: Lovebirds Are Shivering

    CHARLES ISHERWOOD

    January 27, 2010: The deep freeze enveloping New York and much of the rest of the country over the past month apparently extended all the way to Shakespeare’s Forest of Arden. Biting cold at times threatens to smother the biting wit in Sam Mendes’s tough-minded, wintry new production of “As You Like It,” which opened on Tuesday night at the Harvey Theater of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, as the first show in the Bridge Project’s second season.

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF As You Like It (2010)

    As You Like It

    David Rooney

    January 26, 2010: A joint venture by BAM, the Old Vic and Neal Street to create a classical repertory company, the Bridge Project got off to a promising start last year with a solid double-bill of "The Cherry Orchard" and "The Winter's Tale." However, with the inaugural offering of its second season, the ambitious three-year enterprise hits a snag. Director Sam Mendes establishes a mood of such pervasive gloom and ponderousness that when it comes time for merry reversal and romance, his laborious staging of "As You Like It" can't quite shake off the pall.

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  • NY DAILY NEWS REVIEW OF As You Like It (2010)

    As You Like It

    Joe Dziemianowicz

    January 27, 2010: Like the plot of "As You Like It," which moves from winter to spring, the Bridge Project production of the classic at BAM goes from chilly to charming.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF As You Like It (2010)

    As You Like It

    Andy Propst

    January 27, 2010: Having an actress who can convincingly play a young man is just one of the hurdles that directors and theatergoers face in Shakespeare's As You Like It, and in Sam Mendes' solid staging of the comedy that's playing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theatre, Juliet Rylance beautifully fits the bill.

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  • TALKIN' BROADWAY REVIEW OF As You Like It (2010)

    As You Like It

    Matthew Murray

    January 26, 2010: Has Jaques's melancholy polluted the entire Forest of Arden? The first half of Sam Mendes's new production of As You Like It, at the Harvey Theater at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, does not take a turn for the verdant or the pastoral when the court invades the woods. What was monochromatic and violent in the castle is no less so outdoors, with suspicion, draining energy, and even - in one of the most startling moments - a death to remind that our problems don't vanish just because our usual surroundings do. You have every reason to think, watching all this unfold, that Mendes has unleashed another razor-edged reconception that sucks the life and fun from one of Wiliam Shakespeare's most characteristic comedies.

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