Shakespeare's underperformed romance is a mishmash of familial ties tested, lighthearted foppery, dark betrayals and supernatural interventions. In the hands of director Bart DeLorenzo and a talented ensemble, the sometimes convoluted proceedings ultimately feel like a satisfyingly complex journey, a romp of sorts in which boys become men and childish love matures. DeLorenzo uses doubling to excellent effect, giving several actors both "good guy" and "bad guy" roles. Adam Haas Hunter plays all the naiveté of Posthumus, and makes quick transformations into a bombastically villainous Cloten. Andrew Elvis Miller drips with treachery as the snakelike Iachimo, and shifts into stoicism as Caius Lucius. Keith Mitchell's scenic design captures the play's ever-shifting tone and terrain, as does Ken Booth's lighting. A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena; Thurs., Oct. 25, 8 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 26 & Nov. 16, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 3 & 10, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 10, 2 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 4 & 18, 2 p.m. (626) 356-3100, anoisewithin.org.
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