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  1. Michael Muckian – Express Milwaukee


…exceptional style and swagger, resulting in a comedic broth bubbling with both foolishness and wisdom…one highlight after another.  Don’t miss this one.    more...

  1. Damien Jaques – OnMilwaukee.com


…a handful of theater folks occasionally take their work to a higher level of artistry that touches the sublime. They provide moments of marvel.  This is what's happening in the American Players Theatre's outdoor production of "As You Like It." Two newcomers to APT, Chicago-based actress Hillary Clemens and veteran theater and opera director Tim Ocel, are responsible for a glorious production that takes its place among the company's all-time best.  … The production is vivid and earthy… It all works without undermining the text because Ocel has an incredibly deft touch. The production brilliantly walks a tight rope of modern humor and fidelity to the script, and it never slips into excess.    more...



  1. William R. Wineke - Channel 3000.com


American Players Theatre opened its 2010 season Saturday with William Shakespeare's "As You Like It" and, if that opening night production is indicative of the rest of the season, this is going to be a very good year.  …director Tim Ocel—making his first appearance in Spring Green— pulled it off.  The production not only works, but the setting makes the plot seem more understandable than it has seemed in more traditional settings.    more...

As You Like It

American Players Theatre, 2010


 

  1. Mike Fischer - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Whether you're a Shakespeare nut or have never seen a Shakespeare play, this one is a "can't miss,” worthy of a summer pilgrimage. …director Tim Ocel makes clear that pastoral in As You Like It is no picnic. …[a] hilarious send-up of 1930s movies transforms a throwaway scene of just 60 lines into the funniest three minutes I've seen this year on stage.    more...