|Hey, hey, ladies.|
I wasn't one of those people who had to read Shakespeare. I wanted to read him. Twelfth Night was my first Shakespeare play in the 10th grade and I was lucky enough to have a teacher who made it fun, as it should be since it's a comedy. I hated Macbeth in 11th grade, but loved the idea of divine order. To me, Macbeth wasn't so much a story of power lust and revenge as it was a lesson in what would happen to you if you upset the delicate balance set down by divine forces. Macbeth kills Duncan and then the horses start eating each other for crying out loud. Horses just don't roll that way. Macbeth has since become one of my favorites.
|And Duncan's horses started eating each other. Again.|
In 12th grade, I was enthralled by Hamlet. I still am. I always will be. The first time I read it, I didn't know how it ended. I was mesmerized. I sped through it while most of the rest of my class got frustrated. I became obsessed with the idea of the supernatural in Hamlet, and have mentally placed it in the realm of sci-fi and fantasy for a long time. In fact, I see a lot of Shakespeare's plays that way - Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear, and most obviously, The Tempest. I will forever love Kenneth Branaugh's four hour Hamlet. It's slick and sexy without taking away from the original text. However, I would advise everyone to stay away from the Mel Gibson and Ethan Hawke productions. Mel Gibson's Hamlet is heavy handed and self serving. Ethan Hawke's edition s also self serving and oh so very whiny. Even though I know the story backward and forward by heart, I was really hoping Claudius would just murder the little stink pot in the first act. Not even Bill Murray as Polonius could save the movie. Ugh.
|Contrary to popular belief, not everything Bill Murray does is awesome.|
|Once more into the breach, my minions! P.S. I know that misappropriated quote is from Henry V, but whatevs. Just look at the Hiddles.|
|You've lost some weight, Rose.|
|Who am I kidding? I would pay to see a production of Michael Emerson reading the phone book.|