Still, the play is closer in tone to Amy Freed's The Beard of Avon than to Tom Stoppard's Shakespeare in Love. And Daniel Gidron's production counters the feminist speechifying with a cheekily playful atmosphere that extends from the round-robin seductions to the political intrigue. Even the spies fall in and out of closets like adulterers in Feydeau. Fischer plays Behn as a feminine, even flirtatious, feminist. Hannah Husband, in ringlets and breeches, is an irrepressible, proudly potty-mouthed Gwynne, among other roles. And Ro'ee Levi is a foppish Charles if an aptly surly Scott. None of them seems very historical, but what passes among them can be both pointed and hysterical.
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