In San Diego, at the Old Globe Theatre, Kiss Me, Kate, on August 4, 2015 was a blast. A mixture of excitement, adrenaline, and sheer pleasure, the show succeeded at portraying the horrid events happening behind that infamous curtain. This was my first time seeing Kiss Me, Kate and I found the idea of having a performance within a performance really entertaining. Anastasia Barzee, performing the role of Lilli Vanessi, executed the temperament of a diva very well, showing how a woman with character would act in the given situations. Her performance of So In Love led the audience to tears with its emotional depth and certitude. Mike McGowan, as Fred Graham, demonstrated his power as a director and producer, and yet still kept his position of an emotional actor. He and Lilli Vanessi were acting incongruously, but at the end of the day they were still in love and on each other's side. Megan Sikora was an excellent comic relief, as she portrayed Lois Lane with brilliance of charisma and voice.
Another great comic duo were Brendan Averett and Joel Blum, who performed the roles of the men who came after Fred Graham when Lois Lane's lover signed his debt with Graham's name. Almost always being present both on the real stage and on the stage within the stage, Averett and Blum caused lots of laughs and applause. Their song Brush Up Your Shakespeare was a real hit, and definitely delighted the audience with its vivacity and spirit.
James T. Lane and Aurelia Williams were not main characters, but definitely had charm and charisma. Together, they made the perfect innkeepers. James T. Lane beautifully performed the number Too Darn Hot, with the entire chorus, and Aurelia Williams opened the show wonderfully with her performance of Another Op'nin, Another Show.
The costumes in this production were very colorful and captivating. Conducted by Music Director Kris Kukul, this show is a must go.