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Doug’s got a pretty light touch, so it still sounds like Shakespeare. We’re not saying, ‘Yo, dude!’ or anything,” Kent says. “I really think the goal is to create scripts that are a little less legwork for the actor and a little more accessible to the modern ear.
Kent has great fun with Achilles… His charm and confidence warm the audience immediately, setting them up for chills later when less heroic and more vicious choices begin to be made.
While the scope is smaller, there’s still some exciting action. Since the Dairy Arts Center is being renovated, BETC is staging this show at the much larger Lone Tree. This allows for some terrific swordfights, staged by fightmeister Geoffrey Kent.
“Theater can be entertaining, surprising, and even gut-wrenching—but to be successful, all performances have to be believable. Meet Geoffrey Kent, one of the Denver Center Theatre Company’s primary fight directors, who orchestrates the swordplay and gun battles onstage.”
On Monday Kent will be honored by the Colorado Theatre Guild with a Henry Award for “Outstanding Fight Direction” during CTG’s annual awards ceremony in Denver. Kent is fight director for this summer’s Colorado Shakespeare Festival, including the production of “Romeo and Juliet,” in which he plays Mercutio.”
If you know the story, you know it culminates in a neck snap, and it’s so harrowingly performed here, when the victim went limp, I wanted to shout for an ambulance. It was that believable.