The Six Gentlepersons of Verona
Bag & Baggage’s The Six Gentlepersons of Verona swaps cock for feminine wit in this musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s weakest play, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. B&B is known for unusual interpretations and doesn’t disappoint here. The all-female cast—not counting aww-inducing pug Crab—is transplanted to a 1970s Verona, fringe-edged suede and all. Proteus (Cassie Greer) falls for a reciprocating flower child, Julia (Arianne Jacques), and his adrenaline junkie chum, Valentine (Clara-Liis Hillier), pines after lovely Silvia (Jessi Walters). But when Proteus spots Silvia, his love for Julia wanes and Shakespearean entanglements ensue. Hillier’s bona fide enthusiasm as Valentine could win anyone’s heart, but the other lovers lack a spark. Instead, eloquent “fools,” Speed (Kaia Hillier) and Launce (Jessi Walters), steal the show with tongue-in-cheek love advice: “If you love her, you cannot see her. Because love is blind.” It must be true. B&B won us over, mullets and pugs included.
SEE IT: The Six Gentlepersons of Verona is at the Venetian Theater, 253 E Main St., Hillsboro, 693-3953. 7:30 pm Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays through March 22. $26-$30.