March 12, 2011
The sound of Carnival carousing and swordfights filled the World Financial Center this March when it presented a production of The Rover, a 17th Century Restoration comedy by Aphra Behn, the first professional female playwright in the English language.
From March 2nd through March 20th, Aphra Behnís biting comedy of manners transformed the bustling business hub into 17th Century Naples at the height of Carnival, including live music and songs performed by the actors themselves. The New York Classical Theatre production employed the companyís signature panoramic staging style, taking audience members up and down staircases and around mezzanines throughout the 3.5-acre venue. Helmed by director Karin Coonrod, the bawdy, full-blooded romp unfolded not just in front of the audience but all around it.