Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Shakespeare in the Fall

Over the last month or so, I have been watching lots and lots of Shakespeare! It has been super cool. A homeschooling mom (thanks, Emma Goldman-Sherman!) organized for a bunch of homeschool kids and their families to get tickets to 5 Shakespeare productions being put on in the city.
The first we saw was Love's Labor's Lost. The BBC version really wasn't very funny, but the production at the Public was super funny! I loved how the actors ran around all over the stage, but also through the theater too. We got to meet the director too and learned lots about how the production was put together.

Then we saw King Lear. I really like this play and the production was great. I nearly cried when Lear brought his dead daughter, Cordelia, onto the stage. 

Next we saw Cymbeline. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one. It's a really complicated story with tragedy and comedy and mix-ups and ghosts, but this production was awesome! Only 6 actors played all the roles and there was lots of great singing. I really liked the sword fight too.

Last night, we saw Titus Andronicus. It was super bloody - literally buckets of blood - but I closed my eyes in those parts. But I liked the man who played Titus and the boy who played Titus' grandson.
We have one more play to go - Henry V. I have the same birthday as Henry V (although I don't think I would start a war over tennis balls!).