Written by Alina Mae Wilson
“Old stuff is so boring“. So sayeth thousands of high schoolers and a good chunk of the adult population. Shakespeare is not for everyone for obvious reasons. It take a special actor to make the aristocracy of the Elizabethan era relatable. But if ever there was a troop to perform a long-winded play in vivid excellence, it would be the production of Shakespeare OC’s As You Like It. I don’t know how it could possibly be better.
We begin the play in a prosperous dukedom, ruled by the much loved Duke Senior. His happiness is short lived however, when his brother Duke
In Shakespeare Orange County’s Summerfest 2015 staging of “As You Like It,” the tables are turned another 180 degrees as actor Josh Odsess-Rubin plays the comic heroine who hides her sex under the guise of a man named Ganymede (right), and then is surprised when the lovestruck Orlando, played by Colin Martin (left) shows how he would woo Rosalind when he sees her again. Photo by Jordan Kubat | Shakespeare Orange County.
Frederick usurps him from the throne and exiles him to a forest. Duke Senior’s daughter Rosalind remains at court as the dear companion of her cousin Celia. When the two girls grow into fair young maidens they meet a young man named Orlando who is driven from his home by the abuse of his malicious older brother Oliver. Rosalind and Orlando fall in love and are separated to meet again later. When Duke Frederick throws a tantrum for no reason other than that Rosalind is well-liked by the people, Rosalind finds herself banished. She and her cousin Celia decide to flee together, with Rosalind disguised as a handsome man named Ganymede and Celia as an impoverished woman called Aliena. They bring the court fool along with them and while disguised run into strangers, lovers, and banished family members. Continue Reading