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‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’ gets a Sinatra-style staging on Boston Common

Ellen Adair onstage as Silvia in the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s production of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.”
Ellen Adair onstage as Silvia in the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s production of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.”

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When you think of Shakespeare in performance, a host of surname-only-needed icons may come immediately to mind: Booth, Barrymore, Olivier, Gielgud. A name unlikely to make that list is: Sinatra.

But the swaggering ghost of the Chairman of the Board hovers over Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s enjoyably jazzed-up production of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,’’ directed by Steven Maler, with snazzy and witty choreography by Yo-el Cassell.

This is not to say that either of the two gentlemen of the title — Proteus, played by Peter Cambor, or Valentine, portrayed by Andrew Burnap — possesses anything like Sinatra’s panache. But in terms of attitude, atmosphere, tone, and setting (early 1960s Las Vegas), this production draws heavily on the ring-a-ding-ding Rat Pack era that Sinatra epitomized.

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