Shakespeare in a Year
We wrapped up our 2019 InnerDrive Golf season by visiting London. The Globe Theater is a must if visiting London, and we were fortunate enough to get tickets to see As You Like It. (Thank you, Jill!)
During my senior year at Atlantic City High School, Mr. Linblad, our AP English Teacher, spurred an interest in Shakespeare in me. I have seen dozens of plays over the years, but decided to try to watch them all in one year. There are 38 plays (give or take a few). Shakespeare isn't difficult, nor is Shakespeare highbrow or boring. In the right hands, his plays come alive and tell the human story with all the beauty, pain, humor and angst that we all feel on some level throughout our lives. Well, maybe not to King Lear levels, thank goodness. He was a master of conveying what never changes but ties us to one another generation after generation.
As You Like It Friday, September 6, 2019 The Globe Theater, London, England. Signed for hearing impaired.
Coriolanus Friday, September 13, 2019 Ralph Fiennes Some people just have the fighting gene in them. Some are nurtured to think being a soldier is the highest honor. Be careful not to raise a skinhead.
The Comedy of Errors Friday, October 4, 2019 BBC production with Michael Kitchen, Roger Daltry A joy to watch Roger play the twins. Slapstick comedy and tons of word play.
The Tempest Saturday, October 12 2019 Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA This was one of the best live performances I have ever seen anywhere, anytime. Incredible staging, acting, and the splash zone seating will be something I'll never forget! If this production is ever held anywhere again, I will attend and I hope you will, too.
Romeo and Juliet Saturday, October 19 Julian Fellowes wrote this version and the sets were lovely. (Rented from BCPL)
Two Gentlemen of Verona Friday, October 25, 2019 Tyler Butterworth, John Hudson Trying to see if I can locate a live version of the 1971 Broadway production. Amazon Broadway.
Macbeth Thursday, October 31 Halloween. Terrific storm wreaking havoc outside. If ever there was a night to watch Macbeth, this was it. BBC production directed by Jack Gold, starring Nichol Williamson and Jane Lapotaire. The weird sisters and dark storms of the mind combined with the atmosphere surrounding my house made this a memorable viewing. Sleep did not come easy.
The King Friday, November 1. An adaptation of Shakespeare's plays Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 and Henry V. This is not one of the official Shakespeare plays for my journey but I did have it on my watch list. Highly recommend for anyone who wants a good introduction to Shakespeare or struggles with the language of the plays. We all need a Falstaff in our lives--someone we can go to the gutter with but who speaks truth to us when truth is needed.
Julius Caesar, Friday, November 8. Full length production made in 1979. 2 hrs 40 minutes....I fell asleep.