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"It's high time, Cymbeline..."
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So, we braved the "furious Winters rages" to see Cymbaline at the Shakespeare Theatre last night. This marks something on my "life list"- I have now seen every canonical Shakespeare play (judging by the MIT Complete Works, at least) except for "Henry VIII" (which is a dreadful suck-up job, as near as I can tell...).

The play itself was kind of a mess, plot-wise. Imagine the "daughter falls out with her aged royal father" plot of "Lear" combined with the "sociopath sparks the jealousy of an otherwise virtuous soldierly man" of "Othello", except with a fairy-tale wicked stepmother, long-lost brothers, more funny bits, and a happy ending. It's an odd mix, but there are some shining moments. Sadly, they left out most of the Fear no more the heat of the sun elegy, which is one of my favorites...

Other than that, it was a grand and energetic performance, and (like any good fairy tale) it drew us in and made us suspend disbelief. One of the director's conceits that worked to that end was to replace some of the "chorus" roles with a storyteller and a young girl as her audience... We've seen a couple of other works by this director (Rebecca Bayla Taichman) and I had a bit of trepidation- she did an offputtingly odd production of "Twelfth Night" in the 08-09 season, and a grotesque and obnoxious "Taming of the Shrew" the year before that... But she did a much more restrained take on "Cymbeline" than she could have, and it was quite good...

The acting was up to their usual high standards, and it was great to see Franchelle Stuart Dorn again, as well as Ted van Griethuysen and Andrew Long. All in all, a lot of fun.

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Looking forward to seeing it in a couple of weeks!

You'll have to let me know what you think!

"Henry VIII" is a fascinating bit of juggling, because it has to make heroes out of BOTH of her parents - & in the story of Henry & Anne Boleyn, you can only imagine how difficult that must be!

The play itself was kind of a mess, plot-wise. Imagine the "daughter falls out with her aged royal father" plot of "Lear" combined with the "sociopath sparks the jealousy of an otherwise virtuous soldierly man" of "Othello", except with a fairy-tale wicked stepmother, long-lost brothers, more funny bits, and a happy ending. It's an odd mix, but there are some shining moments.

And a boob. With a mole on it. :D

I read it for the first time when I was, like, ten, so that idea is etched on my mind from that play.

Yeah. The amount of sensual blathering about the boobie mole is... something. Not sure what, but something.

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