Tony-nominated director Sam Buntrock, left, and Obie winning actor Michael Cumpsty bring Shakespeares comedy MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING to the Red Bank stage beginning this weekend at Two River Theater.
By TOM CHESEK
Flash back to the evening of May 2. The folks at Red Banks Two River Theater Company were proudly unveiling the 2011-2012 season of mainstage entertainments at their branded Bridge Avenue arts center their first under the purview of artistic director John Dias, and the first to offer an expanded schedule of seven productions (plus a holiday-season family show) at both of the buildings performance spaces.
For several magical minutes, however, the auditorium named for TRTC founders Robert and Joan Rechnitz was the bully pulpit of a special guest British-born actor Michael Cumpsty, a major presence on Broadway and Off-Broadway stages (he won a 2006 Obie award for playing no less a role than Hamlet) and a sought-after specialist in the works of one William Shakespeare.