University of Indianapolis at Esch Hall
Directed by Brad Wright
Director Brad Wright chose well to set this light work, Shakespeare's shortest, in 1960 Cuba. The sherbet-colored set (by Jim Ream) and costumes (by Rachel Godollei-Johnson) make island life appear liberating and exotic. Menace is there, too, dressed in army fatigues that mingle with the panama hats, a-line skirts, and pearls. An old man's life hangs in the balance while his four long-lost sons - two sets of mismatched identical twins - roam the same city street without spotting one another. Each scene change pulses with mamba music, as characters enter and exit the multi-colored building facades with apparent purpose. Even when little is happening, it feels like something. But the comic bits are very simple: One servant twin is continually blamed for forgetting commands that were given to the other twin. One wealthy twin falls in love with his sister-in-law, but it's really the other twin who is married. The production's reliance on Shakespeare's lowest puns, little emotional weight and collegiate performances sometimes wins and sometimes loses. With Marcus Oberheide as both servant twins, however, it's all win. His well-timed sighs, crazed ranting, and weary hands to hips make for a worthwhile trip to campus and to Cuba. Through Oct 17; 788-3251, www.arts.uindy.edu.