On this week’s Weekend Assignment, the topic concerns a certain type of live entertainment:
Nowadays we get most of our comedy and drama from television, from movies and even from internet downloads. Perhaps we sometimes forget that all of these evolved from a much older art form, the stage play. Do you ever attend plays, musicals or operas? Why or why not?
Extra Credit: Have you ever seen anything by Shakespeare performed live?
Well, not often – because it’s expensive – but Dear Wife and I do love to get out to see plays and musicals.
In the city where we live there’s this truly awesome little place called Shakespeare’s Tavern. It’s like a recreation of the Globe in miniature (at least, the styling on the outside gives that appearance; the interior is completely enclosed, and not entirely like the Globe at all) located right in the heart of downtown. They put on regular plays, mostly Shakespeare but also more modern works along with the occasional Greek tragedy and a few mash-ups, and they have a connected kitchen that serves “Shakespearian” dishes like Cornish Pasties. All the theater seats are also dining seats. It’s a pretty fantastic experience, and the cast there do a really good job of acting out the dialog in such a way that the audience can understand the Shakespearian English.
So, the last play that Dear Wife and I saw was “Romeo and Juliet” at the Shakespeare Tavern over Valentine’s Day (actually, it was the day before Valentine’s as I recall). And several months before that we saw “As You Like It“, which was a pretty funny show. That was the first time I’d seen that particular play.
Also, last year about this time plus a few months or so, Dear Wife and I saw the on-tour version of “Wicked” which was, quite frankly, awesome. (If you get a chance to see Wicked near you, I highly recommend it.)
But yeah, that’s about it for live entertainment for us. Two Shakespeare plays and a musical in the last two years. We keep hoping to have the time and money but, well, like I said: these things are expensive sometimes. And with B.T. joining our household ranks, it’s unlikely we’ll be out to see another bit of live entertainment like that for quite some time to come. It’s a shame, because we love this stuff. But, of course, we also love B.T.