Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Tempest

In defense of my theory that Shakespeare plays are best enjoyed first in performance and only second in written form, I submit Act Two, Scene One of this superb Globe production of the THE TEMPEST. On the page, the scene is imposing, complex, and deeply unfunny. In performance with five gifted actors, it's a five-sided ping-pong game that pays off beautifully. More laughs than I realized were there, and I've been fixated on this play for almost 40 years.