As the second act in William Shakespeare’s time honored tragedy “Antony and Cleopatra” reached a pivotal point in which Antony as played by Michael Dorn, fights to keep death at bay in order to see his beautiful and complicated lover Cleopatra one last time, as was played during the April 12th performance by Caralyn Kozlowski’s understudy, Sheryl Carbonell; Dorn’s powerful voice and commanding presence seemed more alive than at any time in the two act play, which is Directed by Joseph Discher.
The production of “Antony and Cleopatra” which runs through April 28th with Michael Dorn as Antony, and generally through April 30th, 2017 at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Orlando Florida, tells the tragic tale of the doomed yet extremely passionate and historic love affair between Rome’s Marc Antony and Egypt’s Cleopatra, taking place approximately forty years before the birth of Jesus Christ, during a rather volatile time in the then Roman world.
While many fans of Star Trek have come to know Michael Dorn as the honorable Lt. Commander Worf during his acclaimed eleven seasons on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, along with his additional appearances in five Star Trek feature films, few fans may ever have the opportunity to see the actor perform Shakespeare on stage. But, seeing Dorn perform live as Antony in the very personal and quant setting of the Orlando Shakes Goldman theater is a treat for any fan whether it be of Star Trek or of Shakespeare generally.
While Dorn seemed to revel in his performance as Antony with a good grasp of the incredibly complicated Shakespearian language in this performance, Dorn masterfully led several other amazing performances by his fellow ensemble cast members. Along with quite an aesthetically pleasing set and lighting design by Jim Hunter and Kevin Griffin respectfully, of special note were the dazzling performances by several of Dorn’s fellow actors who brought their respective characters to life in extremely entertaining examples of amazing style and perspective.
Jeorge Bennett Watson as Enobarbus, Shane Taylor as Lepidus, Topher Embrey as Eros, Sophia Blum as Charmian, E. Mani Cadet as the Soothsayer and Rodney lizcano as Octavivius were quite simply among the more electrifying performances of the night, which served to make Michael Dorn shine even brighter as the plays leading actor.
While tickets for ‘Antony and Cleopatra‘ may in fact be sold out at the time of the writing of this article, fans wishing to attend one of the few remaining performances with Dorn as Antony can still attempt to attend by showing up about one and a half hours early to the box office for any available ‘standby’ tickets.
The Orlando Shakespeare Theater has partnered with UCF to feature “Antony and Cleopatra” through April 30, 2017 in the Goldman Theater. Any remaining tickets as may be available will range from $25 – $60, and can be inquired into by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, or by visiting www.orlandoshakes.org.