REVIEW: “As You Like It” — Long Beach Playhouse Theatre


Long Beach Playhouse Theatres is excited to bring you a special, free, online production of William Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT with a run from October 13th through July 1st, 2021. This show was originally planned to be produced in last year’s 2020 Studio Season from Aug. 29 – Sept. 26.

Directed and Video Edited by Michael Hernandez-Phillips (“Starcrossed,” “Bomber’s Moon,” “Celebrity Row”), the cast includes Chelsea Harvey, BFA Acting (ROSALIND); Isaac Ybarra, BFA Acting (ORLANDO); Victoria Sasso, BFA Acting (CELIA); Miguel Torres Cruz, KCACTF Vice Co-Chair of National Playwriting Program Region VIII (TOUCHSTONE, ADAM); Brendan Kane, “Lend Me a Tenor,” “Comedy of Errors,” (JAQUES, CHARLES, OTHERS); Tyler Matthew Campbell, “The Addams Family Musical,” “Peter and the Starcatcher,” (DUKE SENIOR, DUKE FEDERICK); Eric Bermudez, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona (OLIVER); Eric Flores, “The Tempest,” “Corpus Christi,” (SILVIUS); Jazlyn Lewis, BFA Acting (PHOEBE, OTHERS); Sean Casey Flanagan, “Million Dollar Quartet”-National Tour, “The Wind In the Willows,” “Anne of Green Gables,” -Intl. Tour; (CORIN, MARTEXT, HYMEN, OTHERS); Jonathan Fierros, "Lend Me A Tenor," "Parade," (AMIENS, DENNIS, JAQUES DE BOYES, LE BEAU, OTHERS); Sarah Ellsworth, BFA Acting (AUDREY, OTHERS).


In one of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies, we are thrown into the depths of the Forest of Arden and introduced to Rosalind, Orlando, and a band of love-struck, eccentric characters as they engage in sibling rivalry, unrequited love, assassination plots, mistaken identity, gender confusion, and wrestling! With Rosalind exiled from her home and navigating her way through the forest, this roller-coaster of emotions and errors will have you rooting for fools and pulling for redemption. With some of Shakespeare’s most memorable dialogue, “As You Like It” will allow you to escape the pressures of real life into the fantasy of romantic froth.


As You Like It, by William Shakespeare, available free, in five parts at: https://lbplayhouse.org/show/as-you-like-it-a-special-online-production/


Chris Daniels

Arts & Entertainment Reviewer

The Show Report