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Review: The Marriage of Figaro

If you like 80s music, big hair and big trouble, then “The Marriage of Figaro” is one play that you won’t want to miss this season.

This show tells the story of two lovers, Figaro and Susan, who are due to be married within the day and how everyone around them seems to be plotting to make sure the marriage doesn’t happen.

With a creepy Count who is the Lord of the Manor trying to sink his claws into Susan, a relentlessly love sick Page, a money and love hungry woman, and a poor man just trying to get married, there is enough action to keep anyone’s head spinning.

The trouble starts for the young couple right away because they are going to get married. According to medieval practices, the Lord of the Manor gets to sleep with any female on his property the night of her marriage, and Figaro and Susan are determined not to let that happen.

Being loyal to the Countess, Susan tells her everything and together they come up with a plot to reveal the Count’s deplorable behavior.

Meanwhile, Doctor Bartholo and Marcelina are plotting to take advantage of Figaro. He owes Marcelina money and she wants him to either pay her or marry her to settle his debt. She also has his promise in writing which puts Figaro into a sticky spot. The Count and the President will decide his fate so Figaro has to stay on the Count’s good side even though the Count is trying to sleep with his bride to be.

Plots and schemes are plenty, and Figaro has his work cut out for him keeping up with all of it while just trying to marry the love of his life.

Everyone involved did a wonderful job, especially Thomas Delgado and Abby Sexton, who played Figaro and Susan. They had great chemistry and made their characters very lovable.

Antonio Daniel-Braziel also gave an exceptional performance as Hannibal the Page. His humor and over-the-top attitude was hilarious and he kept the audience on its toes.

This play was one of the most entertaining that I have seen put on by Missouri Western. The 80s theme made for very interesting and hilarious visuals. The only thing that I would have changed was the way in which the actors spoke.

While the actors spoke beautifully, flawlessly and true to the original play, I found it a little hard to keep up with what was happening in the play because they were speaking in a Victorian/Shakespearean language.

Regardless of the language and my inability to understand it, the actors were still able to portray what was happening with their body language and over-the-top gestures, so anyone who was lost in the words like I was was still able to understand what was happening.

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