“Gender-confused wooing, comic swordplay, double entendres and comedy that exploits and reverses old battle-of-the-sexes humor abound in “Lovers and Executioners,” John Strand’s curiously rich 1998 variation on a 17th century French farce. Bubbling beneath and enriching the comedy are serious reflections on the thin line between love and hate, the seductiveness of violence and the fundamental need for mutual trust. The degree of skill and glee director Josh Costello and the Marin Theatre Company apply to almost every aspect enhances the local premiere”
“A magnificent production… extremely well-presented by a superb ensemble cast… loaded with laughs… it’s a most enjoyable, rollicking, evening of fun”
“Lovers and Executioners never stops being hilarious… thoroughly enjoyable… As staged by the Marin Theatre Company, under the sure-handed direction of Josh Costello, the wonderful period details—the witty dialogue all in verse, the magical set by Steve Coleman, the magnificent costumes by Fumiko Bieldfeldt—manage to anchor the story in France of the 1600s while maintaining a solidly contemporary sense of humor and social awareness”
-North Bay Bohemian
“dangerously funny… a splendid cast… Josh Costello stages the action with crisp authority”
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