There are many such aesthetically icky moments here: Film clips of the actors improvising the gist of scenes. That cute but pointless panda ex machina. Equally meaningless, a meal in the forest is unaccountably interrupted by an interminable runway promenade by the company.

But respect is given, and proper pause before and after, for one of Shakespeare's most profound passages, a monologue by Jaques, who otherwise here comes across as bored rather than melancholy. "All the world's a stage," with its seven ages of man, reminds us that comedy is, in fact, tragedy played at warp speed.

As You Like It is about mutability, the changeability of affections as well as garments, so there certainly is room for an off-the-beaten-track telling. Change can come in many shapes. But distortion is another matter, and unfortunately we suffer through too much of that here.

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