REVIEW: Times Union – ‘Merry Wives’ rollicking fun in Saratoga’s Congress Park
By Steve Barnes
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Boisterously performed and wholly realized in the style of a silent-movie comedy from the 1930s, “The Merry Wives of Windsor” is terrific fun for the 13th season of Saratoga Shakespeare Company.
Brenny Rabine and Yvonne Perry, as mistresses Ford and Page, respectively, deliver ace performances as the eponymous wives, who conspire to humiliate lecherous old Sir John Falstaff (Saratoga Shakespeare’s artistic director, Lary Opitz) and to shame Ford’s husband (Tim Dugan) for his jealousy.
Full of raucous comedy and scenes written with maximum occasion for good-natured humor, “Merry Wives” seems designed as a comedic seat-filler for Shakespeare, and director David Girard wholly embraces the opportunities… more