Friday, December 04, 2009

Get Thee to "Love's Labor's Lost", Now!

Shakespeare's Globe currently presents a catchy, lively, rib-tickling rendition of the Bard's "Love's Labour's Lost" at the War Memorial Auditorium in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Nearly three hours in length, it never, for a moment, loses momentum. Donald T. Sanders, who has forever led Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts (MIFA), does the region a huge favor by bringing the troupe to western Massachusetts as it makes its way toward the New York City stage. Performances continue tonight at 8pm and Saturday 2pm and 8 pm. Call: (413) 540-0200 for ticket information.

So, why would one spend attend a Shakespeare comedy which is unfamiliar and potentially difficult to follow? The actors, directed by Dominic Dromgoole, provide answers: They are vivacious, highly-charged, and appear to be having the best of times as they perform.

Besides, MIFA provides a specific plot synopsis in the playbill. With the house lights on throughout, the deft theatergoer may quickly glance down to fill in a blank!

There's live music, terrific costuming, and plenty of comedy.

Frankly, I was not certain that I could find a block of time to see this one.
Inspired by two students who practically begged me to find them some tickets, I chose to attend.

Now, I am thinking of directing Shakespeare within the next couple of years. You, too, should make this journey.