A VIEW FROM THE CLIFF
BY CLIFF KASDEN, Queens Courier
Reinforcing Shakespeare’s comedy/drama “The Tempest” with outstanding visual and physical humor, the cast of Titan Theatre offer their opening night performance at Queens Theatre (at Flushing Meadows Corona Park) with a touch of wit and wonder.
Director Lenny Banovez has adapted this production for more modern, less Shakespeare-savvy audiences. The characters are colorfully costumed in both whimsical and realistic styles (Anthony Paul-Cavaretta costume design). Managing director Kevin Beebee brings experienced guest artists, resident performers and journeymEn to the stage to create a likable, watchable evening.
The story involves sorcerer Prospero who has been banished to a faraway island. He uses his powers to create a fierce tempest that seemingly shipwrecks his enemies on the very same island. Prospero is played with intelligence and confidence by Terry Layman. His lovely, trusting daughter Miranda (Ann Flanigan) offers a combination of smiles and wonderment as she reacts to events, including her marriage to Ferdinand (Brandon A. Wright).
We meet the delightful sprite Ariel (Devri Chism) early in the first act. Her mischievous personality is irresistible. She flits across the stage with equal parts acrobat and ballerina. The paradoxically likable monster Caliban (Tristan Colton) ably inhabits his role thanks to his own clever interpretation and his half fish/half man costume.
A combination of drunks, fools, usurpers, assassins and good guys (Jake Russo, Kevin Stanfa, Marcus Denard Johnson, Michael Selkirk, Ellen Fiske, T. Stacy Hicks and Evan Wilberg) all combine for an affectionate tribute to Shakespeare’s enduring genius. Bravo!
For info on this and future Titan productions, surf to www. TITANtheatrecompany.com, call 347-738-5602, “Like” them on Facebook, visit Instagram or Twitter. As always, save me a seat on the aisle.