For the past ten years, Impact has gained a rep for making Shakespeare incredibly entertaining and relevant for people who’ve never enjoyed it before. As You Like It is one of the classic romantic comedies, full of mayhem, disguises, and hilarity. Want the plot? Wikipedia can help you out with that. All you need to know, though, is what counts is the way we do it. The wrestling scene alone will make you a believer.
If you already know and love As You Like It: Impact’s version, set right here, right now in Northern California, is even more gender-bendy than usual—Celia’s a guy, Jaques is a woman, and the dukes are now duchesses. Bottom line: As You Like It says the heart knows no boundaries—gay or straight, city or country, love is love, and it conquers all.
Learn more and buy your tickets here:
(NOTE: tickets for this performance are sold out):
Due to the football game dinner before the show is moved from La Val's to Lo Coco's at 5:45. Note also that there is a parking advisory due to the game. Lo Coco's does not take reservations, so just show up (but have a backup plan in case it is full).
“A hell of a lot of fun! ...it never ceases to amaze me what the Impact crew manages to accomplish on one of the most restrictive stages in the Bay Area... there’s no shortage of things to like in Impact’s As You Like It.”—Theater Dogs
“A bawdy barroom delight! As You Like It is often referred to as a pastoral comedy, and there's certainly nothing outdoorsy about the Impact version. The comedy part, however, is well taken care of.”—KQED
“Once again, [director Melissa Hillman] has a winner with As You Like It...Sharp, clever update... Yes, this is a production of Shakespeare's comedy. But when Berkeley's Impact Theater decides to take a hold of it, the Bard can expect to get a text message or two about how things have changed over the past 400 to 500 years. ... And everyone...gets some wonderfully funny moments and takes full advantage of them. Hillman, in her director's role, has a knack for getting her actors to develop their characters, and she has created a show that is both smart and hugely funny.”—San Jose Mercury News
“A refreshing approach that is out-and-out funny. When’s the last time you had an honest-to-god guffaw at Shakespeare? ...Dr. Hillman’s (PhD UCB) growth as a director is a success story full of chance-taking and innovation. Hillman is grooming the next generation of theatre-goers. She knows her audience and speaks to them in a voice that brings Shakespeare to life with great theatricality without pandering, and serves up plays full of juice and most fulfilling. Don’t cheat yourself—get a ticket while you can. And you’ll be abashed that you can have such a lively and fulfilling two-hour jaunt for such a modest ticket price.”—Examiner.com
“Funny antics...some of director Melissa Hillman's interpretations work surprisingly well, and many of her interpolations are hilarious.”—SF Chronicle