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Wonderful All’s Well That Ends Well performance 
11th-Aug-2011 09:56 am
People: me with plumtreeblossom May 2007
Last night, for the actual fifth anniversary of our first date, plumtreeblossom and I saw All’s Well That Ends Well on the Boston Common. The show is free, but we splurged and reserved rented lawn chairs in advance, which got us an excellent location. The show was really, really good. plumtreeblossom and I agree it was probably the best performance we’ve seen by the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. The acting was uniformly excellent, except for a couple notable performances that were even better. The CSC tends to do spare, stark, abstract and almost cartoonish sets, which I always like, but this one worked exceptionally well, and they did some neat things with a giant lazy Suzan (e.g., having the actors walk or run, but stay in place on the stage because the stage was rotating under them) that I thought worked really well. The lighting and music were also extremely effective. And oh, the acting and direction!

The performance goes through this weekend, and I very heartily encourage anybody with the slightest interest in Shakespeare, stagecraft, parks, Boston, the English language, water polo, eating, or breathing to see it.

And big thanks to my honeywuzzle for making sure we didn’t miss it. I love you!
11th-Aug-2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
I was so incredibly impressed with it. And delighted to see it with you on our 'versary!
11th-Aug-2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
CSC pulled a Les Mis? That's awesome.
11th-Aug-2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
I <3 lazy susan stages and think every play should have them! (Yes, even the radio plays. And the tragedies. ESPECIALLY "Night, Mother"). We had one for 'Threepenny Opera', and you haven't had a good time on stage until you've ridden a tricycle on a lazy susan.
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