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Getting my Shakespeare on

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Tonight's entertainment was predicated by a sponsored ad on Facebook. Most of the time, I ignore the sponsored ads, save to wonder why FB decided to show me this or that particular ad. But this time, it was spot on, as the ad was for a local high school production (not something I've really partaken in as entertainment over the years) of The Comedy of Error (my favorite Shakespeare work).

So, I went across town to a high school that I've never been to, despite having lived in this town for over 30 (nonconsecutive) years. They were a smaller school than mine, and I don't believe we ever played them in any of the sports I played (tennis and soccer) in high school.

I got there, and saw a lot of cars nearby an auditorium looking thing, so I parked and went inside, only to realize I was parked near a gym where a band concert was about to commence. So I ran back out to my car and went across the campus to the high school, where the play was being conducted.

Let's just say I had a very good time at the production. Knowing the story, I was able to overlook their rather jumbled introduction, where they mixed a character narrating with a projected video drawing out the concepts he was talking about. It didn't really work, and I figure folks unfamiliar with the tale might have taken a few minutes to catch on to what was going on. That said, once it got going, there were laughs aplenty, and the kids really sold out for the production, with plenty of physical comedy (one young lady fell back into a prop fountain, which turned out to be filled with water), amusing modern song/dance numbers (including the very gratifying inclusion of the original Tears for Fears version of Mad World in addition to the Gary Jules version), and madcap chase sequence combined with an all out pie fight. It was a lot of fun.

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