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Lovesmoodies  (Level: 45.7 - Posts: 132)
Thu, 3rd Jul '08 12:30 PM


I used to always like MND the best. It is so funny. But I really like 12th Night too. The only other comedies I have read are The Tempest, which really isn't a too funny, and Much Ado.

Suzer22  (Level: 166.3 - Posts: 1983)
Fri, 4th Jul '08 11:54 PM

I am a big fan of As You Like It (ever since I played Rosalind - what a GREAT female role . I also love Branagh's Much Ado.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Sat, 23rd Apr '11 10:09 PM

Not absolutely made about the comedies, that's the volume that gets taken off the shelf least, but I do enjoy seeing them performed. Saw an interesting local college production of The Tempest recently that gender-bent the roles - Prospera and Antonia - that took some getting used to but didn't totally ruin it. No more than Prospera bursting into a few lines of Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child in the first act, anyway. She did justice to the "such stuff as dreams are made on" speech, I must say. If you don't count the southern accent.

On a tragical note, saw a somewhat better production of Romeo and Juliet a few months back - Douglas Anderson School of the Arts - gorgeously racially diverse cast was fun. The Asian Mercutio nailed the Queen Mab speech. Loved it, southern accents and all.

Ghanthorn  (Level: 101.1 - Posts: 1147)
Fri, 27th May '11 5:08 PM

Done well (which is a big if on this one), "Cymbeline" is far and away my favorite production. I hated reading the play and could not (and for that matter, cannot) stay awake during the BBC version in the "all the plays on film" series. But, I saw the Atlanta Shakespeare Company perform this at the Shakespeare Tavern on Peachtree in late 2005 and fell in love with the play. Performed correctly (again, huge IF) the "revelation" scene at the end is non-stop laughter.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Thu, 9th Jun '11 12:30 AM

Never seen that one live, and don't remember the BBC one, though I know I've seen them all. I have them here somewhere. Been so long since I read it I don't remember a thing about it, have to check it out.

Don't know if I've mentioned it before, but the funniest Shakepeare-related thing I ever saw was a behind-the-scenes farce called The Lovelife of Romeo Montague by Louis Lippa, put on by the Temple University drama department sometime around 1980. Sidesplitting, with all the Montagues and Capulets skulking in the bushes during the balcony scene. Wish I could find a copy of it, been trying for years.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Fri, 17th Jun '11 10:02 PM

Just started reading it - utterly hooked by the first scene!

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Wed, 6th Jul '11 10:03 PM

Enjoyed it very much but the scene in Act 5 didn't strike me as especially funny on the page. Gonna have to dredge out the BBC DVD and see what live actors can do with it. Thanks for the recommendation, glad to be more familiar with it.

Ghanthorn  (Level: 101.1 - Posts: 1147)
Thu, 29th Sep '11 7:43 PM

Hate to say it, but the BBC DVD of Cymbeline is not particularly good. This really is one to see live.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Wed, 2nd Nov '11 3:51 AM

It's been my dream to see them all live, but alas, I live in a cultural backwater. So far, near as I recall without digging out scrapbooks and cigar boxes, I've only managed:

Hamlet [and R&G are Dead]
Richard III [2]
Winter's Tale
Romeo and Juliet [2]
Tempest [2]
Merchant of Venice
Twelfth Night
Merry Wives
Two Gentlemen
Julius Caesar

Wonderful memories conjured up just by typing the list.

Lowjud  (Level: 71.5 - Posts: 253)
Mon, 19th Mar '12 8:55 AM

The Taming of the Shrew,hands down. I love the movie "Kiss me Kate", with Howard Keel,and especially the song,"Brush up your Shakespeare".
We also loved the" Reduced Shakespeare Company. Once I saw the late George Grizzard as Prince Hal in The play with the line ----'no matter how base born shall I call brother.' This was at the Guthrie in Minneapolis. Thanks.
Lowjud (Lowell). Btw,I invite you to take my quizzes,5 of which are published,and 37 are pending approval. Maybe I'll do some on The Bard.

Koufax  (Level: 210.7 - Posts: 6)
Mon, 4th May '15 1:22 PM

I've been teaching Shakespeare for at least 35 years and seen eight of the tragedies, four of the histories, and perhaps seven of the comedies/romances. Hamlet is my favorite to see live, but my single favorite speech is Henry 5th's "St. Crispin's--band of brothers speech." I once watched Kenneth Branagh (on film) deliver it 120 times in a row.

But here's what will amaze my Bardic friends: I prefer reading Shakespeare to seeing it. I became a Shakespearean (sort of) because of the language, not because of the drama or the psychology.

Oh, the question: light comedy: As You Like It. Dark comedy/tragedy, whatever it is: The Merchant of Venice.


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