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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.