Gilded stage

By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 29, 2009

As it closes, the tone shifts interestingly in the clown Feste's final ditty, sung by the whole cast and striking in how it marries the classic sensibilities of "movie finale" and period Shakespearean song. The lyrics lightly lament the passage of time in a man's life, and, sung unaccompanied in a minor key, the song holds a curious, timeless melancholy: "A great while ago the world begun,/With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,/But that's all one, our play is done." It hangs ethereally in the last moments of this production, and seems to evoke the wistful passing of several golden ages — of Shakespearean theater, of vaudeville, of the silent movies into the talkies — as well as the spirit of this business that nevertheless endures.

Megan Grumbling can be reached at

TWELFTH NIGHT by William Shakespeare | Directed by Janis Stevens | Produced by the Theater at Monmouth | in repertory through August 22 | 207.933.9999

< prev  1  |  2  | 
Related: Review: Much Ado in World War 2, Into new worlds, Maine's quirky summer stage season, More more >
  Topics: Theater , Buster Keaton, William Shakespeare, William Shakespeare,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   THE HYDROPHILIC LIFE  |  April 11, 2014
    The very winning world premiere of Underwaterguy , which Underwood both wrote and performs, runs now at Good Theater, under the direction of Cheryl King.
  •   THE PASSIONS OF PRIVATE LIVES  |  April 03, 2014
    Battle of the exes at Portland Players
  •   LEARNING TO HEAR, AND LISTEN  |  April 03, 2014
    The vicissitudes of identity and community are difficult negotiations in Nina Raine’s drama Tribes , dynamically directed by Christopher Grabowski for Portland Stage Company.
  •   THE DEAD DON'T LEAVE  |  March 28, 2014
    The complexity of familial love, regret, and shame, as seen between Charlie, who long ago moved to London, and his simple, sometimes confounding, working-class gardener father (Tony Reilly), are the crucible of Hugh Leonard’s Da .
  •   IT'S A HARD KNOCK LIFE  |  March 28, 2014
    Now young men, they are but two of the three orphans of Lyle Kessler’s Orphans , a drama about the fraternal shifts incited when a Chicago con-man named Harold (Michael Kimball) enters the lives of Treat and Phillip.

 See all articles by: MEGAN GRUMBLING