After seeing director Bart DeLorenzo’s lively staging of “Cymbeline” at A Noise Within, one wonders why Shakespeare’s rollicking romance is not more frequently produced.
Reputedly one of Shakespeare’s final four plays, “Cymbeline” is a tragicomic mélange that freely samples Shakespeare’s earlier works. Among other delightfully unlikely plot elements, there’s a young heroine dressed as a boy, a villain who steals a souvenir to malign a faithful wife, even a potion that induces a death-like sleep.
DeLorenzo favors the silly in his delightfully over-the-top interpretation, and his conceit of having the actors do double duty in contrasting roles works wonderfully.
Adam Haas Hunter plays young lover Posthumus with impressive ardor but also accesses his inner goofball as Cloten, the piece's comical villain. Francia DiMase, who plays the elegantly poisonous Queen, also plays a gruff, bluff man's man.