Good, but surprisingly anti-Semitic. I could tell I wasn’t the only person in the audience who felt slightly uncomfortable during some of the scenes. Afterward, somebody explained to me that it was Shakespeare’s take on the new testament vs. old testament.
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saw As You Like It at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC and I loved it!
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
And, also, my personal favorite line:
I can suck melancholy out of a song, as a weasel sucks eggs.
So far, I’ve seen The Taming of the Shrew at the Shakespeare Theatre in DC. I loved it!! After that show, I realized why so many people love to see Shakespeare performed… I understand the the comedy in Shakespeare’s words infinitely better after seeing it performed.