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Shakespeare In The Park May 15, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Music & Dance, Nature, Poetry, Travel & Leisure.

On a day that threatened rain, we headed to Bay Preserve in Osprey for an Asolo Repertory Theatre performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night . . . with a modern twist.

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The setting for this “in the park” production balanced well with the play’s set design of a summer camp.

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The cast worked magic with Shakespeare’s timeless comedy of unrequited love, pride, pranks, and self-discovery.

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And the rain held off until after the play and reception ended.

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“If music be the food of love, play on.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

What’s your favorite Shakespeare play?


1. Tiny - May 15, 2016

Mine? Romeo and Juliet…have seen it quite a few times. Hopeless romantic 😀

nrhatch - May 15, 2016

Ah, Romeo, Romeo. Where for art thou, Romeo?

Juliet, the Sun.

2. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - May 15, 2016

Oh I love performances like that!

nrhatch - May 15, 2016

They did a fantastic job with updating the setting while maintaining the Elizabethan dialog.

3. Ally Bean - May 15, 2016

That performance sounds like fun. Shakespeare’s plays are so adaptable. As for a favorite… I like Midsummer’s Night’s Dream and I like The Tempest. Each play is very different from the other, but both appeal to me. So I have two favorites, I guess.

nrhatch - May 15, 2016

A Midsummer’s Night Dream is a favorite of mine. I have a DVD of a 1999 production starring Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Everett, Stanley Tucci (as Puck), and Calista Flockhart.

I’m not certain I’ve ever seen The Tempest.

4. Under the Oaks - May 16, 2016

A Midsummer’s Night Dream, must hunt for the Stanley Tucci as Puck production.

nrhatch - May 16, 2016

He’s the perfect Puck! Just the right combo of naughty and nice. Reviews are split on the production as a whole, but I found it fun.

5. NancyTex - May 16, 2016

Love outdoor theatre!

nrhatch - May 16, 2016

Outdoor theatre is fun IF Mother Nature cooperates. This time I had one eye on the sky as the clouds rolled in.

We were lucky that the weather behaved until after the reception ended. Then it poured.

6. diannegray - May 16, 2016

Outdoor theatre is great. What a nice way to spend the day before the rain came 😀

nrhatch - May 16, 2016

The actors were great ~ high energy and bouncy. Great for an outdoor play with a summer camp as the setting.

7. Debra - May 17, 2016

I’m glad you found it fun. I do enjoy outdoor “almost anything,” but I’ve had poor experiences with Shakespeare reinterpreted! I don’t honestly know if it’s the quality of the performance or I just don’t “get it” when it’s not what I already know. LOL! I’m glad for all invested in the production, including the audience, that the weather was willing to cooperate!

nrhatch - May 17, 2016

Your experience with “Shakespeare reinterpreted” reminds me of the first live Romeo & Juliet performance I attended ~> I was so out of my element! Dialogue sailed over my head and out of sight before I’d grasped what was what.

After that, I read the plays or the synopses BEFORE the show.

Debra - May 17, 2016

That’s a good idea! I should prepare better next time. I think maybe my pride was tweaked! I’m not sure I’m at my best with any experimental or more avant garde art. I ought to just admit that! LOL!

nrhatch - May 18, 2016

I’m with you on that, Debra! My days of being “avant garde” are behind me.

8. Carol Ferenc - May 17, 2016

I’m afraid that I am a Shakespeare dunce, other than Romeo and Juliet. Outdoor theater is so much fun and this one has a gorgeous setting! So glad you got to see it, Nancy.

nrhatch - May 17, 2016

At this point, I doubt I would pay to see a Shakespeare Play . . . but attending this FREE performance in the park appealed. I prefer watching filmed versions of Shakespeare . . . with subtitles turned on!

9. Bun Karyudo - May 18, 2016

Nice of the rain to wait its turn.

nrhatch - May 18, 2016

Very considerate.

10. Barb - May 19, 2016

Sounds like so much fun. What a bonus to find it for FREE. Keep posting your good times.

nrhatch - May 19, 2016

This is a good place for good times. There’s always something to do ~ from hiking gator infested swamps to lazing on the beach.

Not on our bucket list~> wrestling boa constrictors in the everglades.

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