By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– The Cal State San Bernardino theatre arts department has opened its 2013-2014 season of “Image vs. Reality” with William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.”
Running through Nov. 24, “As You Like It” takes theatergoers on a musical journey from the dark, bleak and oppressive Dukedom into the colorful, airy, fantasy world of Arden. When Rosalind and Orlando are banished from their respective courts, they find sanctuary in the wilds of the forest Arden. To protect her from ne’er do wells, Rosalind disguises herself as a man, yet unexpectedly comes face-to-face with the dreamiest man in the realm, the clueless Orlando. While secretly pining for his affections, she instructs him in the ways to woo a woman’s heart in this comedy of love, song, poetry and longing frustration.
“I have cut the text to be very understandable, though still very Shakespearean,” says director and CSUSB theatre arts professor Tom Provenzano. “The early scenes in the court are extremely dark and dramatic, then we move into a brightly colored world of the forest of Arden that has the feel of a renaissance faire. It’s also a musical with all of the songs newly composed by the CSUSB music department’s Allen Menton.”
“As You Like It” runs Nov. 21, 22 and 23 at 8 p.m., with an added Saturday, Nov. 23 matinee as well as Sunday, Nov. 24, matinee at 2 p.m. The production is in the Ronald E. Barnes Theatre in CSUSB’s Performing Arts Building. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors, military and non-CSUSB students; and $6 for CSUSB students (with valid ID) and children under 17.