Even so, we couldn’t possibly have anticipated the level of his brilliant, manic energy in the role.
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The sword fight that ends with Mercutio’s death has satisfyingly theatrical fury and flash.
“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.”
Geoffrey Kent is sitting in a quiet Boulder restaurant making a face as he recounts a fall he took during the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s production of the ridiculously pleasurable farce “Noises Off.” Don’t fret. It was a planned fall… sort of…
Weitz and Benaiah Anderson (fine turns as both Israel Hands and Black Dog) provide sparks in the evening’s first sword fight set in the Hawkins’ inn.
As Garry, Geoffrey Kent is called on to hop up a set of stairs with his shoelaces tied together, fall down the same stairs and tumble over half the furniture, and he does it with such aplomb that the entire audience bursts into applause when he finally comes to rest.
…and certainly because of Geoffrey Kent’s hysterical — and by that I mean I stopped being able to breathe because I was laughing so hard at some of his bits — Garry Lejune.
Mercutio is one hell of a role, with some of the best speeches anywhere in Shakespeare. All in All, Kent’s performance was a tour de force.
Geoffrey Kent delivers the play’s best performance as Mercutio – all of the work’s violence, love and outsized emotion are embodied in his intelligent and affecting characterization.
The smell of dust flying up during the numerous gorgeously staged Geoffrey Kent swordfights harks back to schoolyard tussles and beyond, to something primal and deadly and murderous in our very core.