Like it or not: NT Live in HD

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“All the world’s a stage,” muses melan­choly Jaques in Shake­speare’s

As You Like It, and the in­ter­na­tional broad­casts of the NT Live in HD se­ries, trans­mit­ted from the Na­tional Theatre in Lon­don’s South­bank Cen­tre, have helped make that a re­al­ity. Not­with­stand­ing its gen­eral pop­u­lar­ity, As You Like It has been cu­ri­ously ab­sent from that par­tic­u­lar stage since 1979. Its nar­ra­tive is not the eas­i­est to fol­low, and many a viewer has surely given up along the way and sim­ply basked in what­ever mad­cap thing is go­ing on at a given mo­ment. “It’s the first sketch show, I think,” di­rec­tor Polly Find­lay ob­served in an in­ter­view with The Guardian. Her new pro­duc­tion, lo­cated in fan­ci­fully trans­form­ing con­tem­po­rary lo­cales, has re­ceived many pos­i­tive re­views from the Bri­tish press, and ev­ery­one seems wowed by Lizzie Clachan’s sets. Rosalie Craig stars as the fast-talk­ing, cross- dress­ing Ros­alind. Maybe re­view the plot prior to the broad­cast, which you can see at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.) at 7 p.m. on Thurs­day, Feb. 25. Tick­ets ($22) are avail­able by call­ing 505-988-1234 or vis­it­ing www.tick­ — James M. Keller

Paul Chahidi

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