There’s so much sensuality in the opening scene of Antony & Cleopatra, as staged by Emily Mann at McCarter, that you forget to be intimidated by the language. You are too busy ogling Esau Prichett (what a hunk) and Nicole Ari Parker (hot for him) as they seduce and cavort.
If you read the synopsis in the program, you can follow the plot just fine. The action moves seamlessly between Egypt and Rome, and though the set doesn’t change (Elizabethans performed on a bare stage) you know exactly where you are because the lighting and the score sets the scene — harsh drums for Rome and whispered syncopations for Egypt.
It runs through October 5 in the smaller (Berlind) theater and 45 minutes before curtain time there is an introductory talk.
Full disclosure 1: Though I have never read this play, I was an English major and like Shakespeare.
Full Disclosure 2: You aren’t supposed to review a play in previews (we saw the first preview on 9/5) so this isn’t a review.
But I wanna say it was an edge-of-the-seat evening.