The View from the Castle

We're munching our dinner in the castle that overlooks the theatre which hosts Shakespeare in the park and tonights Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Very cleverly reconceived. I see why it won the Tony in 1972. The music (yup) is by Galt MacDermot (Hair) and John Guare, who also had a hand in adapting the script so that it could be understood by people on the streets when it toured the five boroughs in'71.

Buster the dog just proved the adage that you never want to be on stage with a baby or an animal. The pooch is almost as much of a scene stealer as Valentine's servant, played by John Cariani, the forensics tech from Law and Order.

The scene stealer of the second act was Julia's servant, played by Megan Lawrence, twice nominated for the Helen Hayes Award..

Its sensibilities remain in the '70's, with the exception of a spoof on the aerial combat of The Matrix and when the Duke of Milan rolled in on a Razor.

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