Measure for Measure
May 16 – June 13, 2009
Thurs – Sat at 8, Sun at 3pm
Additional performance Mon, May 18 at 7pm
City Lit Theater
1020 W. Bryn Mawr
By William Shakespeare
In this saucy and salacious take on the classic tale, Measure for Measure transports us to the debauched and depraved city of Shakespeare’s imagined Vienna. In order to curb the city’s reckless ways, the Duke places the seemingly morally upright Angelo in power in his absence. When Angelo gives in to the temptation to abuse his power, the virginal Isabella must choose between accepting his advances and sacrificing her brother’s life.
Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare’s funniest and most underperformed comedies. In its thoroughly charming current production, the Promethean Theater Ensemble offers a boisterous take on the play’s central preoccupation: the impossible task of regulating sexual conduct with firm, enforceable laws
“Measure for Measure” is an utterly bizarre problem play, firmly planted both in comedy and often heavy-handed philosophical inquiry considered via a heroic nun, colorful characters from a local brothel, an incompetent cop, a duke posing as a monk to spy on his citizens, and a beheaded pirate used as a pivotal plot device. The Promethean Theatre Ensemble nails this ambivalence magnificently without for a moment regressing into farce.
Measure for Measure is a tough Shakespeare piece to get right and this hard working cast delivers a fine evening of theatre. Promethean Theatre Ensemble continues to grow as artists. This production is another move upward for them. It is nice to witness an ensemble taking their craft seriously.
Director/Choreographer: June Eubanks
Stage Manager: Bethany Schrader
Set Designer/Technical Director: Nick Rastenis
Lighting Designer: Liz Cooper
Costume Designer: Jessica Salinas
Fight Choreographer: Tyler Rich
Sound Designer: Joe Griffin
Photography: Tom McGrath
*Indicates PTE Ensemble Member
**Indicates PTE Artistic Associate