Even in the animated video to Benjamin Scheur’s song “The Lion,” something deeply emotional happens less than a minute in. It isn’t just the nostalgia of the brown and yellow landscape, on which paper cutouts of animals — giraffes, lions, and their cubs — spring to life, nuzzle, and teach each other. There’s something deeper there too, caught in the just-flinty parts of Scheuer’s voice.
The Fiasco Theater’s production of Measure for Measure, directed by company members Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld at the Long Wharf Theatre and running until Dec. 20, makes the Bard’s darkest comedy more viewer-friendly. First of all, the characters to keep track of has been shrunk from 21 to a much more manageable 11 (or 12 if you count the unseen Barnardine, a prisoner), and played by a cast of 6. And that means everyone but Andy Grotelueschen as the Duke — who disguises himself for most of the play as a friar — plays two roles.