Antony and CleopatraPublic Theater
425 Lafayette St. , New York, NY
Led by an excellent ensemble cast, Antony and Cleopatra asks as many questions as it sheds blood. Jonathan Cake and Joaquina Kalukango are magnificent in their title roles in a production that focuses more on gender roles (especially in regard to love) than it does on foreign diplomacy. Tarell Alvin McCraney has directed a classical production of Antony and Cleopatra with none of the twists that we have seen in recent Shakespearean productions like Pig Iron's Twelfth Night or the all male Globe versions of Richard III and there is something wonderful about a seldom produced, complex Shakespearean play acted brilliantly by trained actors. As with any Shakespearean play, the demand on the audience is increased but so is the rewards and this play introduces questions of morality, politics, and patriarchy that should lead to excellent dinner conversation afterwards.