Dawson’s third year theatre students give a memorable performance of Love’s Labour’s Lost
theatre review by Gabe Gilker
Laughs, love, Shakespeare and talent. What more could one wish for from a play?
Third year Dawson Professional Theatre students pulled off their rendition of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost beautifully, but that’s no surprise considering it was directed by Victor Knight, Dawson’s oldest and most professional man in the theatre department.
The play opened with King Ferdinand (Simon Lavoie-Lamarre), Berowne (Lucas Chartier-Dessert), Longaville (Jonah Carson) and Dumaine (Amos Bohoussou) signing an oath that they will stay out of contact with women for three years.
This alone will only cause trouble, and hilarity will ensue from this contract.
The Princess of France (Marie-Catherine Mignault) arrives at the King’s castle with her three lovely ladies Maria (Arielle Palik), Katherine (Natasha Gabriela Trépanier) and Rosaline (Minh-Ly Nguyen-Cao). Because this is Shakespeare, the King falls in love with the Princess and each man pairs off with a woman. But all the men hide their love from one another in fear of being caught breaking their oath.
The costumes and set were well constructed and, on their own, were pieces of art. The clothing choices fitted the time period (the summer of 1919) perfectly. While the set, lighting and music added to the atmosphere and made people forget they were sitting in the theatre, as they were being transported to their summer of mischief and love.
The play was compiled of well structured and solid scenes. The actors support, feeding off each other’s energy created a very dynamic and intriguing cast. The strongest scene in the play was hands down when the King and his posse dressed up like Muscovites and the Princess and her gaggle of girls switched favours in order to trick the men. The audience is left in a suspenseful fit of laughter as they are aware that the girls are pretending to be one another while the men didin’t suspect a thing.
The most commanding actor was Chartier-Dessert. Every time he appeared on stage, which was more than half the show, he immediately connected with the other actors, creating interesting relationships with the cast all-around. The most compelling relationship being that of Berowne and Rosaline. Nguyen-Cao and Chartier-Dessert were able to drive the audience mad with the suspenseful tone they placed in their lines and laughed when they both played their games on stage.
Another more-than-honourable mention is actor Jeremy Michael Segal, who played the part of Don Adriano de Armado, an extremely flamboyant and silly Spanish man. Segal provided the comic relief and had the audience in stitches whenever he appeared on stage.
The play ended on a key of questioning, an open ending to personal interpretationl, when the theatre was relit, most of the audience sat there wanting the play to go on. But henceforth the wooing minds shall be expressed, in russet yeas and honest kersey noes, that Love’s Labour’s Lost is a must see before it leaves the theatre on Nov. 27.
General Admission is $12.00, $8.00 for students and seniors, and $5.00 for Dawson students.