|Samantha Ricci, Adrienne Kaori Walters & Monica Cappuccini|
While the Shakespeare-mimicking situations in Ken Ludwig’s Leading Ladiesare overall amusing, it is Director James Knipple’s gender-fluid, casting decisions that make Hillbarn Theatre’s Leading Ladies well worth a night of forgetting all the day’s troubles and letting loose with many rounds of loud laughter. The inspired director and the excellent cast of Hillbarn’s highly entertaining production of the buffoonery Leading Ladies take the playwright’s crazy comedy and plant within it a gender-bending thread that ties the characters into new knots of mistaken identities that unwind in hilarious ways that are only seen by us, the all-knowing audience. The result is a good reason to head to Foster City to revel in all the double/triple sex-role hilarity.
For my full review, please continue to Talkin’ Broadway: https://www.talkinbroadway.com/page/regional/sanjose/sj155.html.
Rating: 4 E
Leading Ladiescontinues through March 24, 2019, at Hillbarn Theatre, 1285 East Hillsdale Boulevard. Tickets are available online at http://www.hillbarntheatre.org or by calling 650-349-6411.
Photo Credit: Mark and Tracy Photography
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