The Georgia Shakespeare Festival in Atlanta has spent its 13th season with a Miser -- and throw in a Henry for good Measure. Translation: The three plays comprising this year's Fest have been Moliere's comedy The Miser, Shakespeare's history play Henry IV, Part 1, and his comedy/drama, Measure For Measure. All three finish their repertory runs this weekend.
The Miser opened the Fest, June 26, in a production directed by Sabin Epstein. Starring are Tim McDonough, Carolyn Cook, Robert Hamilton and Kristi Wedemeyer. Designing the show are Christine Turbitt (costumes), Liz Lee (lighting) and Charles Caldwell (set). Other Moliere plays include The Misanthrope and The School For Wives.
In Henry IV, Shakespeare reveals the story of Prince Hal (the future Henry V), who has fled from his father's discipline and the responsibility of the court to join drunken clown Falstaff and his band of petty thieves. When faced with the possible defeat of his father and the shame that hangs about his name, Prince Hal assembles an army and sets off for battle.
Measure For Measure, which opened July 10, demonstrates the old proverb about absolute power corrupting absolutely. Tim Ocel directs the piece, which features John Ammerman (as corrupted Angelo), Tim McDonough, Janice Akers and Brad Sherrill. Designing the show are Eric Sinkkonen (set), Liz Lee (lighting) and B. Modern [sic] (costumes).
For tickets and information on shows at the Georgia Shakespeare Festival, running through Aug. 16 in Atlanta, call (404) 264-0020. Audiences can sit either at picnic tables, on the lawn, or on a terrace overhang. -- By David Lefkowitz