Sep 13, 2012

by English Muse

I’ll confess, Romeo and Juliet is not my favorite Shakespeare play.  I’m much more fond of comedy and a wedding at the end of the day.  I do have a soft spot for the play, however, because I find it rather brilliant: the play is a comedy until the death of Mercutio.  “Tis but a scratch!” he cries, and the whole play shifts.  It’s a bold move, a sad move, and, I think, genius.  I remember the moment my professor revealed this bit of literary brilliance in my Shakespeare course, and I went from being moderately annoyed by Romeo and Juliet to loving it.  Though I do still want to smack the titular characters and make them snap out of their infatuation before they destroy themselves over it, I adore the sheer cleverness of the language and the magnificent plot shifts.

So when my mom asked if I’d like to go see it at Actors Theater of Louisville on my birthday, I quite gladly agreed.  The production was modernized, as you can see from the set above.  A few lines were omitted, a few added, and a monologue or two was rapped, to my great amusement, and it was a wholly unique production in my limited experience.  Though the source of tension between Capulets and Montagues in this particular case wasn’t revealed at all, which made the conflict in the play a little inscrutable, it was an entertaining production, witty, slightly bawdy, and genuinely emotional.

And I am ready for a little more Shakespeare at present.  Perhaps I’ll rent A Midsummer Night’s Dream (my favorite) and have a good laugh this evening.

So, your turn now–what’s your favorite Shakespeare play?  Do you have a favorite production?

 

Until next Thursday,

Katie

(Unwritten, Untitled)

 

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5 Responses to “The Play’s the Thing”

  1. Karen says:

    I love Shakespeare. The Winter Tale is still my absolute favourite though I’m rather partial to Hamlet and Othello.

  2. Tonia says:

    Have booked to see Much Ado About Nothing at the RSC this weekend – apparently it’s a fabulous Bollywood colour extravaganza so I can’t wait! Must get to grips with The Tempest soon too.
    Studied A Winter’s Tale for A Level English. Ruined it for me for ever, I’m afraid!

  3. Amelia says:

    I have always loved R&J since it was the first Shakespeare play I was introduced too, but I have to say that I think Hamlet or Midsummer Night’s Dream. Puck is my favorite character.

    I think the best “performance” would be – Royal Shakespeare Company retelling Bard’s Romeo and Juliet with cast of six over five weeks and 4,000 tweets (http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2010/apr/12/shakespeare-twitter-such-tweet-sorrow)

  4. Paula says:

    I’m not that fond of Romeo and Juliet either. I have to re-read it though and see if my impressions change. I prefer Othello and King Lear. I saw the Kenneth Branagh version of Much ado about nothing the other day and like it a lot. Have a great weekend!

  5. I loved Taming of the Shrew by Fahrenheit Theater Co back in Cincinnari ( now Cincinnati Shakespeare co)

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