Friday, September 10, 2010

It's Past the Size of Dreaming


Flatwater Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra enjoyed a magnificent opening last night.

As Cleopatra, Melissa Lewis Nuss provides an alluring and heart-breaking portrait of the one of the most fascinating women in all of history. As Antony, Vince Learned communicates vividly why Cleopatra is so drawn to him -- and how he also inspires love and admiration in his troops and even his enemies.

Directed and designed by Bob Hall, the production features a strong ensemble of actors: in Egypt, Noelle Bohaty, Darin Hemmer, Daniel Kubert, Dawn Marie Moe, and Dustin Witte; in Rome, Scott Herr as Octavius Caesar, with John Marinovich, Dick Nielsen, Richard Sibley, Andrea Swartz, and Shawn White; in Antony's army, Nathan Weiss as Enobarbus, with Andy Dillehay, Eric Ojeda, and Jeff Tinnean.

The production also boasts striking costumes by Kat Cover, compelling choreography by Daniel Kubert, evocative lights by Richard Schroeder, ingenious set construction by Richard Imig, menacing fight choreography by John Marinovich, and stirring sound design and music from dramaturg Stephen Buhler.

William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra is presented in the Swan Theatre at Wyuka, 3600 O Street in Lincoln. Performances continue Friday-Sunday, September 10-12; and Thursday-Sunday, September 16-19 and 23-26. All show times are 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students. Call 473-2897 for reservations.

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