Cardinal Stage Company; directed by
Randy White; through March 6 at the John Waldron Arts Center,
I’ve been wanting to see Cardinal
in action. Formed in 2006, this Bloomington theater company has drawn
plenty of attention — from audiences, of course, but also from
quality Indy- and Chicago-based actors wanting to strut on its stage.
Now I understand why, with their
current production of Romeo and Juliet. A thrust stage creates
a three-quarter audience setting so you can see the play AND your
fellow audience member, as s/he smiles, sniffs and also ducks the
occasional dollop of spittle from one of the exuberant actors.
Production values are high, the
performances are fun and raucous (the first act, at least, is, thanks
to an ebullient turn by Ian Paul Custer as Mercutio), and the acting
level is generally excellent.
For more: 812-323-3020, www.cardinalstage.org.