On the Scene
HSF presents ‘Antony and Cleopatra’
Terence Knapp, center, professor emeritus of theater at UH-Manoa and veteran Shakespearean actor, congratulated Reb Beau Allen, left, and Chris Doi after the matinee performance of "Antony and Cleopatra," the second show of the 2006 Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, at the UH-Manoa Ernst Lab Theatre on Sunday. Allen gives a powerful performance playing Antony as an honorable man undone by fate, love and bad timing. Doi has several showcase scenes as Pompey. The HSF, which was created to honor Knapp, continues with "Antony and Cleopatra" at 7:30 p.m. today and 3 p.m. tomorrow. "The Comedy of Errors" opens tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Call 550-8457.
LISTEN TO THE SOOTHSAYER:
Kathy Hunter, left, makes an important contribution to the balance of the story by playing Octavia, a woman Antony marries for strictly political reasons, as a victim of the system who's not particularly likable. Dusty Behner's role as the Soothsayer has been expanded by director Harry Wong III to include announcing the location of each scene and then staying on to witness the action in this perfectly paced production.
A DESIGNING WOMAN:
HSF vet Gerald Altweis and Johanna Morriss add to the success of the show. He gives a solid performance as Agrippa. She designed the minimalist Egyptian palace set.
'... AND HAIL CAESAR!':
Brent Yoshikami, left, who plays Octavius, greeted Terence Knapp backstage. Yoshikami adds an interesting twist in playing the future Augustus Caesar as a hesitant and humane leader who doesn't want to kill Antony and Cleopatra (any evil he does occurs off stage).
Terence Knapp pretended to comfort Taurie Kinoshita, right, who stars as Shakespeare's doomed heroine. Kinoshita is watchable throughout in her portrayal of Cleopatra as a strong but tragically flawed woman. Eden-Lee Murray plays Cleopatra's most loyal lady-in-waiting.