Canadian Premiere of Father Comes Home From The Wars
Lisa Berry gives a magnificent performance as Penny. She makes us feel the complexity of Penny’s emotions in Part I, wanting Hero to stay for her own personal reasons, but simultaneously wanting whatever is best for him even if it means leaving her. In Part III, Berry rises to even greater heights as Penny forces herself to stay true to her promise to Hero despite overwhelming pressure to leave. I don’t want to give away the ending, but Penny undergoes the most massive emotional changes of any character in drama after Hero’s arrival and after he tells his news. The vehemence with which Berry depicts this 180º change in Penny is so strong and so true to life it knocks the breath out of you.
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s production of Pericles.
He finally enjoys some good luck, winning a joust in the joyful, enlightened court of King Simonides of Pentapolis (Kevin Gudahl in most playful form), and falling madly in love with the king’s daughter, Thaisa (the enigmatic and beautiful Lisa Berry)