THOUGHTS: Antony and Cleopatra

A and CNYC cannot get enough of Shakespeare this season and The Public Theater is right on board! This month they (with the support of Miami’s GableStage and London’s Royal Shakespeare Company) are offering an edited version of Antony and Cleopatra by a young playwright/director of color Tarell Alvin McCraney (2013 MacArthur fellow, Choir Boy)! The show stars American actress Joaquina Kalukango and British actor Jonathan Cake. Keep reading for our thoughts and insiders guide to the show!

Reasons to Go:

1. Because how often do you ever get to see Cleopatra portrayed by a Black Woman? Enter Joaquina Kalukango.

2. The innovative set by Tom Piper which includes a beautiful usage of water.

3. The music! The band for this piece plays a variety of tunes, some Caribbean that set the scene perfectly and will even make you dance a little as you enter and exit the theater before the show and at intermission.

Who should go:  Adults and teens! It is Shakespeare and it is a love story so discretion is up to parents as to whether or not your kids will be able to interpret some of Shakespeare’s more ‘scandalous’ lines and some of the actors interactions. The show is also fairly lengthy coming in at 2 hours and 45 minutes.


Joaquina Kalukango as Cleopatra and Jonathan Cake as Mark Antony in Antony and Cleopatra. Photo by Hugo Glendinning

Joaquina Kalukango as Cleopatra and Jonathan Cake as Mark Antony in Antony and Cleopatra. Photo by Hugo Glendinning

1. If you are a stage door devotee just exit straight down the stairs and into the lobby. Before you know it the actors will be following right behind you on the same path!

2. Brush up on your Shakespeare. The show has been edited a bit by playwright/director of color Tarell Alvin McCraney but much remains the same. At the times the dialogue moves at a rapid pace and having  a bit of familiarity may help with comprehension of this production.

3. Student Rush tickets are available at the box office for $25 ( one per student I.D.). $20 General Rush tickets are subject to availability. Cash only for both. Use the Code FRIENDS for $30 tickets and tell them you head about it on Arts in Color.

Themes: Caribbean, Interracial couples, Haitian Revolution

Advisory: Suggestive sexual content, violence

Credits/Show info: Antony and Cleopatra

Are you going to see the show (or have you seen it already)? Let us know what excites you about the production or what you thought by leaving a comment below!

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