Review On CANCELLED - The Winter's Tale


Leigh Kennicott

Registered Critic


At A Noise Within, The Winter’s Tale, begins with yet another of Shakespeare’s jealous main characters and ends with a Satyr dance and a bear. An the intrepid design staff does it’s best to keep up with a structural set, a trap door and a number of bear costumes. Director Geoff Elliott takes his proficient cast through its paces: longtime ensemble actors, Frederick Stuart and Deborah Strang are especially strong as the jealous monarch, Leontes, and resourceful servant, Paulina, respectively, although Jeremy Rabb as the faithful Camillo, and Alan Blumenfeld as the shepherd run a close second. Finally, the notable movement choreographed by Fight Master, Kenneth R. Merckx, Jr. and dances from co-artistic director, Julia Rodriguez Elliott, fill the bill.

Leigh Kennicott has an extensive background in theatre, film and television and a Ph.D. degree in Theatre, awarded in 2002. A writer, director and actor, Leigh Kennicott began theatrical reviewing at Backstage, followed by Pasadena Weekly and Stage Happenings blog.
As a director in Los Angeles, she directed a neo-realist "Romeo and Juliet" at the Secret Rose Theatre; a new play,“Charlotte Second Chance,” at DramaGarage; and “How I Learned to Drive,” “Nickel and Dimed” and “Top Girls” all at College of the Canyons.
Presently, she teaches theatre topics at California State University, Northridge.