8-As You Like It

AS YOU LIKE IT (2007) Since 1993 the L.A. Women’s Shakespeare Company has turned the tables on tradition, reversing the original concept of male actors playing the Bard’s female roles by casting only women in its productions. LAWSC attracts hugely talented performers eager to pencil in sideburns, adopt a widelegged swagger, add a well-placed sock, and find a new kind of artistic empowerment. This time it’s even more interesting, not only because of the already gender-bent nature of the material but because the Forest of Arden has astral-projected into the American West of the 1880s. Lisa Wolpe directs with an assured hand, cleverly adding period music and dance … Among many unswervingly committed performances, Wolpe is riveting in her simplicity as the melancholy Jaques