Yes, that’s a guitar in a Shakespeare production.
The King of Navarre, Berowne, Dumaine,
and Longaville, rocking out.
I dedicate this “review [almost] too late to do you any good” to Ed. Hi Ed!
Not-so-freshly back from my vacation to other metblogs cities Vancouver and Seattle, I went to see the Free-for-All presentation of Love’s Labor Lost. I wrote about it last week and commented that I was skeptical about the temporal replacement. Well, it was… odd.
Overall a good odd, however, and I’d suggest that if you’re willing to take your shot at tickets you should go. Love’s Labor’s Lost has a somewhat carnival-esque feel to it at times, at least until the train-wreck sudden (and just as cheery) ending, and the addition of musical numbers, instrumentation, and, yes, air guitar works well within it. None of the performances are bad and Nick Choski as Moth is standout perfect on every line. The Indian accents and content, however, didn’t work well for me. The original language is preserved and I felt like in a few points the actors’ accents fought with the cadence and made some lines harder to understand.
If you’re a serious theater snob who can’t tailor your expectations to the venue, however, I’d suggest you stay away. I’m a serious crank about people disturbing my Experience but I went into this with lowered expectations of peace & quiet. Thankfully. Aside from the plethora of kids of all ages – some running up and down the aisles – there was the ritual emptying of the trash cans midway through act two.
You’ve got two possible showings to go to before it closes, Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd. Tickets will not be available at WaPo so you’ve got to choose between the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theatre or Carter Baron Amphitheatre itself. In both cases the giveaway starts at Noon. Be in line early.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs