>All’s Well That Ends Well

To say the least, it’s hard to understand what Helen sees in Bertram. Okay, so the guy’s a Count. Big deal. He’s also a jerk. She should have dumped him for one of the Lords at the French Court.

I saw All’s Well That Ends Well this afternoon at the Blackfriars Playhouse of The Amercian Shakespeare Center here in Staunton. The play is a new addition to the current season’s repertoire having opened just a few days ago. I don’t think it is the company’s fault, but the play takes an act or so to get in gear. But by the time Bertram has left home to visit the King, and Helen follows, it gets pretty interesting. The actors who played Helen and Bertram were new to me, since this is the first season with the company for both and neither has a role in Hamlet, the only other show in the current rotation I’ve seen, and both were quite good. Especially Helen. The show-stealer, as usual, was John Harrell, whom I’ve mentioned before, as Parolles. One note of interest: Eric Schoen, who was injured earlier this season during a performance of The Three Musketeers, in which he plays D’Artagnon, did the show on crutches. Good for him.

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