BWW Reviews: Opera Theatre of St. Louis' Unique and Amusing Take on THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

BWW Reviews: Opera Theatre of St. Louis' Unique and Amusing Take on THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

Michael Shell's direction wrings every possible laugh out of the new libretto, and though it's often wildly over the top, it does create a very convivial atmosphere. Conductor Ryan McAdams admirably puts the orchestra through their paces, and Sean Curran adds some lively choreography to the mix. Shoko Kambara's garish scenic design is in keeping with the updated period, but it almost falls into self parody at times. Amanda Seymour's costumes are all over the map, but often colorful and eye-catching, even if Figaro seems to be dressed more like a magician than a barber. Christopher Akerlinds lighting is well done, and especially interesting during the storm sequence.

Purists may find fault with the direction of The Opera Theatre of St. Louis' unusual staging of The Barber of Seville, but it's actually a very entertaining production, even if it takes considerable liberties with the original work. The show is in rotation with La Rondine, Richard the Lionheart, and Emmeline, and all play through June 28, 2015 on the Mainstage of the Loretto-Hilton. Check out www.opera-stl.org for the complete schedule.

Photo Credit: Ken Howard

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Chris Gibson Chris has been active in the local theatre scene for over 30 years. In addition to his acting work, he's also contributed as a director, writer and composer. Though, initially a film buff, he grew tired of the sanitized, PG-13 rated blockbusters that were being continually shoved down his throat by the studios. An opportunity to review theatre in St. Louis has grown exponentially with the sudden explosion of venues and talent in the region. He now finds himself obsessed with witnessing those precious, electric moments that can only happen live, on stage.