EXCERPTS FROM THE REVIEW
The following are excerpts from the June 11, 2013 DC Theatre Scene Review of The Beaux' Stratagem by Jayne Blanchard
Everyman’s production of The Beaux’ Stratagem is feathery, frolicsome amusement, as refreshing as an ice cream soda mit schlag on a humid June afternoon.
Director Vincent M. Lancisi gooses up the delight quotient with art gallery-worthy sets and costumes and teases laugh-a-minute performances out of the 15-member cast in this 18th century George Farquhar play that first got an update by Thornton Wilder in the 1930s.
It’s all Fragonard-era fun, to the point where flatulence and drunken belching are accomplished with panache.
The actors seem to love the outrageous extremes of their characters, from the sotted sourness of Mr. Brandhagen’s Sullen, the resigned languor of Miss Anderson’s Kate to the stalwart good cheer and good sense of Miss Schmidt’s Cherry. As the beaux, Mr. Gavigan perfects the dashing rakishness of his character and adds a dollop of flirt, while Mr. Welch proves the tenderer and yearning romantic hero. Other standouts include James Whalen doing double-duty as a gossipy butler and a gallant, eleventh-hour savior and Miss Kelley as a woman positively giddy with science.
Summer would not be the same without froth and Everyman’s The Beaux Stratagem puts on the spritz with lightness and style.