Shakespeare Theatre’s ‘Venus and Adonis’: Audience afterwards

Sunny and Mark
Sunny and Mark, in attendance last weekend at the Lansburgh for a performance of Isango's South African version of "Venus and Adonis." (Credit: Malcolm Lewis Barnes)

WASHINGTON, September 18, 2014 – This reviewer’s positive impressions of Isango’s “Venus and Adonis,” currently being performed at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theater, were confirmed by the surprisingly diverse Saturday night audience.

Among others, the patrons included a gorgeous young couple named Sunny and Mark (pictured above). When asked who chose the show, Mark proudly stepped up and took credit for exploring a more classical evening of entertainment. His date was thoroughly impressed.

Audience members Sam and Ester were particularly insightful with regard to this production, because Ester is actually a native of South Africa. She informed me that the country has 11 official languages, so she was familiar with some of the dialect but embraced the diversity of expression, and her date Sam agreed with her savvy choice of Shakespeare in a decidedly non-traditional mode.

Sam and Ester at "Venus and Adonis.
Sam and Ester at “Venus and Adonis. (Credit: Malcolm Lewis Barnes)

The adventurous spirits of Patrick and Stacey were inspired to attend the production when they discovered an online ticket bargain from GOLDSTAR. Additionally, both were excited about being in places “you need to go to” like the Penn Quarter theater district!

Stacy and Patrick at Shakespeare Theatre
Stacy and Patrick at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh. (Credit: Malcolm Lewis Barnes)

And finally, we encountered Jeffrey Ackerman and his partner Steve Mazzola enjoying a leisurely drink in the theater lobby long after most of the patrons had left. Both confessed to being die-hard Shakespeare fans, adding that they were blown away by the artistic and interpretive efforts of Isango.

Jeffrey and Steve
Jeffrey and Steve at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh. (Credit: Malcolm Barnes)

“Venus and Adonis” will be performed Wednesday, September 17 at7:30 p.m., concluding its run on Saturday, September 20 at 2:00 p.m. (matinee). “Magic Flute” will be performed Thursday, September 18 and Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20 at 8:00 p.m.; and will conclude performances on Sunday, September 21 at 2:00 p.m. (matinee).

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