Director Michael Donald Edwards has chosen an era of rapid changes—the early 1950s to the late 1960s—in which to base his version of The Winter’s Tale, which means we get to see some pretty cool props and costumes (think moon landings and hippie garb). The first section of the production features cool, repressed grays with blazes of red; the second is a burst of bright psychedelic colors. The costumes (designed by David Zinn and Jacob Climer), the lighting and projections of Daniel Scully, and the scenic design of Clint Ramos are all stylishly done. And the mix of original music by composer Sarah Pickett and a familiar favorite (Good Morning, Starshine, anyone?), along with the playful choreography of Jimmy Hoskins in the second half, provides some welcome uplift.
Heather Kelley and Kevin O’Callaghan in the Asolo Rep’s The Winter’s Tale.