Play Review – All’s Well That Ends Well

I saw the play “All’s Well That Ends Well” at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. The theater space was a three-quarters thrust and the theater was intimate allowing anyone to see just about anyone else in the theater. The seating also allowed everyone no matter where you sat to get an up-close view of the action. Barbara Gaines who is a regular at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre directed the play.his theater experience was very great for me, as I have seen very few plays before.
To start off, the parts of the play I believed were strong was the year the director decided to have the play take place in. In the 1860s, the outfits they wore were absolutely stunning.The women and men all looked very good and the distinguishment between the upper class and lower classes could be seen very well.Another nice asset about the 1860s is that the way the women were treated was much like the way they were treated in Shakespeare’s time. Another strong point of the play was the little use of props. The place they were at was easily distinguishable thanks to lights shining on the floor and the few sets that were used. I believe big, elaborate sets get in the way of the acting and action. The best performances are the ones that are clear and use little props. The play accomplished just that.There was, however, one prop I did not like.They draped the floor at one point with this nasty 3-color sheet. I believe that was not necessary because I could stop staring at it and thinking how ugly it was.
The production made me feel a bit different than I thought I was going to feel. At first, the play was slow, but the end was absolutely wonderful. The productions started with a great representation of how Helena and Bertram felt towards each other. It could be seen that Helena was extremely in love and Bertram did not want to marry Helena because he was not in love at all. In the end however I got a different impression than I did in the writings. After…

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