By Charles Morey, based on the play by Beamarchais. Genesian Theatre Company. Sep 2 – Oct 13, 2017
Charles Morey’s adaptation of Beamarchais’ 1778 play has some funny lines, and some of those that satirise politics still ring true today, but the story itself is relatively bland without the music and arias that Mozart used when he adapted the play for the opera stage. Sure, Figaro and Suzanne’s plots to outwit the predatory Count make for some comical situations, but this production requires a lot more experience to find the pace and energy required by commedia dell’arte pranks that would make the production.
Most of the action occurs before a very tall and very pink semi-circle of flats that is unrelieved by very much decoration or by subtle lighting. A change to the Count’s garden in the last scenes of the play is much more imaginative and clever, hanging baskets and topiary providing a colourful foreground.