In addition to Dumaine, Burleson filled another crucial, catalytic role as Costard, the photographer whose public dalliance with Jaquenetta, leads to comic consequences, and helps set the wacky plot in motion.
But if these main and multiple roles were handled with great aplomb, it was the broadly comic performances of Timothy Berg as the military hero Armado, and Jessa Schinske as his page, Moth, that nearly stole the show.
Thrusting with a stick “sword,” wearing an outlandish feathered hat, Berg brought a swashbuckling, Three Musketeers-like panache to Armado.
Clad like a sexy girl scout, Schinske charmed us even more with her offbeat, acting-singing vocal delivery, and claps or rhythmic body language that almost seemed to create songs.
Classic yet modern, and capturing Shakespeare’s magic brilliantly, the production with costumes by Hanna Matter, lighting by Ciera Terry and choreography by Riley, is highly recommended and shouldn’t be missed.
It will be staged at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 p.m. matinees Feb. 16 and 23, through March 2. Tickets are $18 for adults; and $15 for students, senior citizens and members of the military. Call 651-3191 or visit the website at www.reduxiontheatre.com for information.