Once upon a time I went to a show and it was called Cymbeline. It was by William Shakespeare, and it was directed by Robert Kauzlaric. It was about a king named Cymbeline (Brandon Saunders) and his child Imogen (Daniella Pereira). Imogen had fallen in love with a young man named Posthumus (Sam Hubbard) and the king was not very happy about his child marrying without his consent. So he banished Posthumus, and the two lovers must find a way to find each other and get their happy ending! It's about forgiveness, fidelity and reunion. I really liked this show. I thought it was action packed, emotional, and hilarious! I really enjoyed it!
I really liked the fights (directed by Matt Hawkins). I thought they were super intriguing because they were very tense and precise and that made them fun to watch. The fights go from normal speed to slow motion, which is great because you can see all the cool moves they are using. Even though there aren't a huge amount of fights in the show, there is never a moment where everything breaks and stops; there is always something big happening. There are so many times when you get really invested in the story. One of the moments I was really invested in the story was when Iachimo (Jose Nateras) was trying to make Imogen fall in love with him, or at least convince Posthumus that she had betrayed him. Iachimo was also insanely creepy; he even called himself evil, which at least shows he is self-aware. Iachimo had been hiding in Imogen's room until she fell asleep, which is creepy thing number one. And then he started brushing her hair really weirdly and whispering to her, which is creepy thing number two. I saw a woman across the way and, whenever Iachimo would do anything creepy, she would put her feet up on her chair and like cringe in a ball. That just shows how invested the audience is in the story. When Imogen takes the potion later in the play, everyone is really intrigued by what is going to happen to her and her honorary brothers Arviragus (Terry Bell) and Guiderius (Dan Cobbler) and father Belarius (Martel Manning). Using -ius seems to be a pattern in this family. At one point it seems like she may be buried alive, and you feel very scared for her.
My favorite character was Cloten (Gage Wallace). He was the really overdramatic prince who was the son of Cymbeline's new queen (Sarah Goeden). He was supposed to marry Imogen, but they didn't really seem like a great match because Imogen is a very soulful and complicated person and Cloten is basically the opposite of that. He thinks everything is amazing or terrible. He has two emotions and they both go to 100 whenever he feels a feeling. Cloten reminds me a lot of if Amy Adams' Giselle from Enchanted was evil and a man. I would totally watch a movie all about Cloten; it would be a sequel to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead called Cloten's Head is Dead. He's so excited for everything; he had one moment where he had just hired Pisanio to be his servant, and then he said "This is going to be your first thing that you do for me!" And once she finished that task, he gave a huge gasp and was like, "This will be the second thing you've done for me." And I imagine if that scene had gone on longer there would have been a lot of things she did for him and he would have done a lot of gasping about it. He has two lords (Andrés Enriquez and Shane Rhoades) who follow him around and they seem to not really "appreciate" him very much. He is most of time a jerk to them, but one of them (Rhoades) keeps his cool and the other (Enriquez) seems to forget Cloten is there and makes fun of him mercilessly. Once when they say something really bad about him, Cloten turns around with a very angry face and says, "No!" Then he says "We must go together!" and skips off giddily. Usually you don't really care when Cloten loses his head, but in this production you do because it is basically like killing a five-year-old, even if that five-year-old is kind of a jerk.
People who would like this show are people who like awesome fights, complicated relationships, and giddy headless princes. I really really loved this show. I thought it was everything I could have wanted from Cymbeline. It was awesome.