At the end of summer, 2014, the colors of youth are Neon. The ultra-vibrant red, orange, pink, and yellow are exploding on footwear, shoelaces, handbags, and T-shirts in Central Park and on the street. If you haven’t turned your head to see them, you’re possibly stuck in a funk, as are the characters in the first half of The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s exquisite take on the Demeter and Persephone myth. At the Delacorte--where the play ran for limited engagement on September 5-7--Justin Townsend’s set and Paul Carey’s costumes could dispel all the angst, if you stayed for the second half.
Usually, we imagine the 16-year-old abandoned child, Perdita, coming of age among the verdure of the Bohemian countryside. Now she’s encircled by cameo groups—wrapped and zapped by hue—including Rosie’s Theater Kids; New York Theatre Ballet; Capoeira Luanda; Bond Street Theatre’s Shinbone Alley Stilt Band; The Staten Island Lions; Sesame Street; Megha Kalia’s NYC Bhangra Dance Company; and Urban Park Rangers, NYC Parks.