'FROM WOMEN'S EYES': A Theatre Review by Cristine Ngo

From Women’s Eyes is a delightful compilation of various monologues and conversations between the ladies of Shakespeare’s plays that showcases the array and complexity of human emotion women feel. Co-directors Jennifer Hale and Kaitlyn Rietdyk’s set of black walls and ordinary mismatched objects create an old, serene attic where these girls gather and have fun sifting through old memories and reenacting the Shakespeare scenes that resonate with them. Combined with Sid Wilson’s haunting lighting techniques, the set constantly transforms from dark prison to regal throne room to intimate girl’s space.

While some familiarity with Shakespeare’s plays help enhance enjoyment of the play, the actresses are strong enough with their characterizations to deliver the emotional impact of their lines. Aimee Adler’s hilarious adaptations of Katharine, Beatrice and Regan, for example, give these characters modern, relatable and charming personalities that can be found in a modern comedy. The fight scene from A Midnight Summer Night’s Dream between Kerry Hishon’s Hermia and Kathryn Mitchell’s Helena is a laugh-out-loud cat-fight with well-timed choreography, by Kerry Hishon, and facial expressions.

Hale and Rietdyk’s compilation allows for some unique effects to take place, particularly when Dinah Watts’ chilling rendition of Lady Macbeth’s famous “Out, damned spot!” scene is played at the same time with Jennifer Hale’s rendition of Constance’s “Thou Art Not Holy To Belie Me So…” Both actress’ performance double so well against each other that it is easy to believe Shakespeare intended for those scenes to be played off of each other. Add in the lighting imitating antique window frames by Sid Wilson and the scene becomes more poignant!