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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-16-2018

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18 CELEBRATIONS / ENTERTAINMENT MAY 16-22, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION Cunningham – Coyle PAWTUCKET – Kayla Ann Cunningham and Ryan James Coyle announce their engagement. She is the daughter of Steven and Ann Cunningham of Cumberland. He is the son of James Coyle and Robin Marcello of Cumberland. The future bride is a graduate of Cumberland High School. She graduated from Rhode Island College in 2011 and is employed as a special education teacher. The future groom graduated from Cumberland High School. He is a submarine builder at Electric Boat. The couple are planning to marry in October 2018. PAWTUCKET – In the second act of Shakespeare's "As You Like It," Jaques ( Jeanine Kane) delivers one of the Bard's most often quoted lines: "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts …" That pretty much sums up the approach to "As You Like It" at Pawtucket's Gamm Theatre. All the theater is the stage. The players come and go, using every possible entry- way and exit. And just about every actor plays more than one part. First, the play. It's the story of Rosalind (Nora Eschenheimer), ban- ished from her uncle's court, and forced to flee into the forest, dis- guised as a young man. It's the story of Orlando (Shura Baryshnikov), who meets Rosalind before her banish- ment, and pines for her when she's gone. It's all a game, mostly, as Orlando chases Rosalind into a world populat- ed by some very distinct characters. Tony Estrella, who co-directs with Rachel Walshe, calls the play "the peerless theatrical about love and freedom – specifically the freedom to love on your own terms and embrace its myriad complexities in the form of desire, compassion, loyalty, devo- tion, kindness and obsession." The action is literally nonstop in this one, and the costume changes are quick as lightning. Eschenheimer exits with long hair and a flowing gown and enters moments later with short hair and a man's suit. Jesse Hinson exits as Charles, a simple for- est person, and enters moments later as Phoebe, the love interest of Oliver, dressed as a very plain woman. That's not the only gender-bending in the show. Orlando is played by a woman who does not hide her femi- ninity. Co-director Walshe writes: "Far from a cynical social critique, Shakespeare offers us a veritable feast to enjoy the great spectrum of human gender 'as we like it' in its shifting shades of masculinity and feminin- ity." This production hits all the right notes: excellent acting, wonderful costumes, and a terrific immersive experience, with the actors quite often running into the audience to play parts of their scenes. Eschenheimer is outstanding as Rosalind, adopting a lot of mascu- line mannerisms for her alter ego while trying to keep her feminine side under wraps. Baryshnikov is impressive as Orlando, and pretty soon into the production, there's not much thought given to her being a woman playing a man. She is simply Orlando, to her great credit. The rest of the ensemble is superb. Each player holding the production to very high standards indeed. A special nod goes to Jeff Church, who turns just about every moment on stage as Touchstone into a comedy festival. I think it's safe to say you'll never look at a butter churn the same way after you see Church's reaction to the love of his life churning some butter. And you might never laugh so hard either. The Gamm's "As You Like It" is a finely staged comedy that will make you laugh, and make you think. It's a great choice for the Gamm's final show in Pawtucket before moving to their new space in Warwick. You will like it. The Gamm Theatre presents "As You Like It" through May 27 at the theater on Exchange Street in Pawtucket. For tickets and information, visit or call the box office at 401-723-4266. Gamm's 'As You Like It' a gender-bending good time By FRANK O'DONNELL Valley Breeze Entertainment Writer How to Run for Office seminars available PROVIDENCE – The Elections Division at the Rhode Island Department of State, in cooperation with the State Board of Elections, is offering How to Run for Office semi- nars to current and potential candi- dates this election season. Election staffers will provide would-be candidates with informa- tion on how to properly complete a Declaration of Candidacy form, how to properly complete nomination papers, how to maintain compliance with campaign finance laws and more. Candidates and voters are encour- aged to visit for elections information in the state. Eligible Rhode Islanders can regis- ter to vote, update their voter infor- mation, and preview sample ballots at the new site, as well as find in-depth information about how elections work in Rhode Island. 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