WINNER!!! 2003 OOBR AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION!!!
"Exceptional ... Cwiklik's direction (is) on a par with Coppola or Scorcese... Tom Mazur presents a powerful portrayal... Michele Schlossberg displays realistic torment... A vital work of theater, and a refreshing perspective on a classic work... It will be remembered years from now by those who experience it." -- Carlo Fiorletta, Stage Press Weekly
"Gorgeous ... An intelligent, clear interpretation of a venerable classic in which the work emerged fresh, vital and startlingly prescient, as well as audaciously entertaining ... an evening of stunning visual masterstrokes... Anna Curtis is deliciously vulgar yet imperially sensual... this "Antony & Cleopatra," circa 2002, if not reverentially authentic, is every bit as relevant, shocking and entertaining as the (circa) late 16th century original must have been -- it delivers the goods." -- Doug DeVita, OOBR.com
"Spectacularly good... masterful... meticulously recreates—with breathtaking ingenuity and panache—the whole ambience of a genre... there are moments of unrivaled brilliance and theatricality —scenes and tableaux where you're caught up short, enthralled and astonished by the picture you've just witnessed... the ensemble is fearless, fresh, and passionately committed, Bob Brader is a slimy, nasty piece of work as Caesar, and Bob Laine is clownishly menacing... As the titular couple, Tom Mazur and Anna Curtis get it exactly right ... Sensational... You can't take your eyes off it... I LOVE THIS SHOW." -- Martin Denton, NYTheatre.com
Shakespeare meets the Sopranos in director Frank Cwiklik's radical retelling of the classic tale of jealousy, greed, romance, and murder.
The place: Empire, Nevada. Time: Indeterminate. Away from the prying eyes of the law, five casino bosses, each with their own private army, tussle over turf, both real and perceived. While vacationers, millionaires, and fellow gangsters while away the days under the hot desert sun and the nights in the cool red lounges of the Miracle Mile, brash, ruthless Caesar plots to wrest control of all his competitors' lucrative gaming resorts, while the hotblooded Antony, smitten with burlesque queen and legendary beauty Cleopatra, fights to keep his rapidly crumbling empire of crime and gambling from slipping through his fingers. Bullets fly, bodies pile up, and before this long, hot summer is over, someone's gonna end up dead -- and someone else is going to have complete control of Empire, Nevada.
Not that anyone could control the lustful Cleopatra...
The biggest hit of the DMT repertory so far, Antony and Cleopatra played to consistently packed houses, standing ovations, and unanimous critical acclaim -- and it kicked the ass of every other Shakespeare playing in NYC that season. Glittery, sexy, gaudy, violent, Antony and Cleopatra was an exciting new spin on a timeless tale: a high-energy, high stakes theatrical event, a whirlwind of sex, violence, and ruthless ambition. Inspired by the colorful (and often shady) history of Las Vegas, the Great American Success Story, and the exploits of the unsavoury characters who built it out of nothing but desert sand, this A&C was unlike any ever seen: as romantic as it was brutal, as hopeful as it was bleak, full of life, death, and all the things that make life worth living -- and killing for. It was followed by an exciting prequel, Nevada Territory, in Winter of 2004.
DANSE MACABRE THEATRICS PRESENTS IN ASSOCIATION WITH HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ANTONY and CLEOPATRA
BOB BRADER * JONATHAN M. CASTRO * ANNA CURTIS * MATTHEW GRAY * MARIA HURDLE * CARRIE JOHNSON * BOB LAINE * NICOLE MARSH * GERALD MARSINI * TOM MAZUR * EMILY MOSTYN-BROWN * ALISHA SILVER * KEN SIMON * MICHELE SCHLOSSBERG * KEN STANEK * ADAM SWIDERSKI
FIRST PERFORMANCE: The Red Room, 10/11/02 / LAST PERFORMANCE: The Red Room, 11/3/02