The Queens College Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance concluded their 2013-2014 season with a revamped production of William Shakespeare’s “All’s Well that Ends Well,” the week of April 2.
The play follows the story of lovelorn orphan Helena, played by Rina Dutta, whose heart belongs to the Count Bertram, played by Christopher Guevara. However, the affection is not mutual. Competing for Bertram’s affection was his close friend, Parolles, played by Ali Kane. Helena travels far and wide to formulate a plan that will make Bertram hers forever.
The company brought Shakespeare’s notable comedy into the 21st century with the use of popular music, hashtags and selfies.
The play takes place in the county Rousillion, Hong Kong and the Middle East. The costumes changes and the lighting effects shifted to accommodate the different settings in a dazzling display of neon lights and bright colors.
Audiences particularly enjoyed the references to modern technology and culture.
“I think it’s a fabulous show,” said Maria, a theatergoer commenting on the show during intermission. “I love the way all this modern technology is incorporated into the production.”
“I really like it,” junior Josh Deligdish said. “I like how they took Shakespeare, which is kind of out of touch with what most people know nowadays…you know, hashtags and selfies…I love that. It’s just very relatable and the acting is really great.”
Ralph Carhart, the show’s production manager, found pleasure in working with the cast and crew.
“I always love working on Shakespeare,” he said.
Throughout the performance, the cast looked as though they were having a tremendous amount of fun. The audience’s reactions to the modern touches added to the overall experience.