The age old tale of two men falling for the same girl takes a twist in Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona at Tomlinson Theater.
The show centers around two friends, Proteus and Valentine, who part ways as Valentine leaves for Milan. Although Proteus is deeply in love with a girl in Verona named Julia, he falls for the rich daughter of a duke in Milan, named Silvia, when he goes to see Valentine.
“[Then] oh! We’re at the end of the play! And it’s a kind of controversial ending,” says junior Marcellus McQueen who plays Lance in the show.
“The most interesting part is how imperfect it is,” says senior Kimberlyn Austin, who plays the Duke in the show.
For Austin, this show proved to be a challenge for her seeing she has to play a very misogynistic, authoritative, male character. McQueen says his biggest challenge was his four-legged, show-stealing co-star Peanut.
“They say in theater, never work with animals or kids because they steal the show,” said McQueen.
This show, being one of Shakespeare’s earliest works, is very unique. Austin believes the most interesting part about it is “how imperfect” the show is.
The Two Gentlemen of Verona is one of the first shows from Temple Theaters this semester. The other two productions are The Odyssey in March and Godspell in April. The Two Gentlemen of Verona runs through Feb. 14.
“Valentine’s Day is coming up! Perfect date,” says McQueen, encouraging people to come. Austin just questions why people would not want to see a “super adorable dog.”
Tickets can be purchased here.