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Cultureful Date Night at the Theeeaaater

Much Ado About Nothing

I was pretty excited about a cultureful date night. It’s the perfect reason to get all dolled up for a night at the theeeaaater and prove that I’m at least a partially fancy pants Shakespeare connoisseur. A few directors at the D.C. Shakespeare company have taken the liberty of adapting a few of the comedies and tragedies.  It definitely makes the somewhat stuffy plays more lighthearted, keeping easily distracted me enthralled scene after scene. For As You Like It the director navigated the audience through 400 years of British and American history, telling the stories as if on a Holly Wood movie set.  Merchant of Venice was set in New York’s Little Italy in the 1920s.

Much Ado About Nothing was no exception to the spectacular creativity of the Shakespeare Theater Company.  Director Ethan McSweeny places this play in a sultry 1930’s Cuba. The costumes, dancing, and characters brought such zest to the stage.  There was dancing, singing, romancing, and of coursssse gossip. I personally love the comedies because they’re entertaining and funny yes, but mostly because they have a happy ending.

Breaking News: Much Ado About Nothing is receiving such rave reviews they’ve extended the performances. I heard a night with Shakespeare is pretty good way to romance your laddddy…

much ado dc shakespereCan you tell I’m a big fan of the D.C. Shakespeare Theater Company?

Best of all, they sell affordable tickets for their younger theater fans. As a part of their Young Theatre Goers Discount, they offer a full year’s subscription to all patrons under 35 for only $20 per ticket. Also you can sign up for their email list to receive discount emails directly from the company. Brian bought the tickets through LivingSocial or Groupon. Both frequently have deals.

shakespeare free for all Free for All Line with all of our new retired friends. They’re pretty eccentric.

Alsooooo they put on a Free for All event once a year (in the summer). What does that mean…well you can see a play fo free. Ain’t that real nice of dos cultured folk?  This year we saw Julius Caesar. “Beware the ides of March!” And you know what, it was even better cause it was free! You have 4 ways to snag these free tickets:  You can become a real fancy pants season subscriber, play a successful statistics game and enter an online lottery, be ‘ol fashioned and wait in line (really do you see that line below…bunch of ‘ol farts which is why we chose this option cause I love old people), or follow them on something called Facebook and Twitter…never heard of ’em, but I have heard of MyFace. Prob because it was invented by my close and personal friend, Taco from the League.

The LeagueThis has nothing to do with Shakespeare…just an opportunity to brag…and Taco’s not even in these photos.

Any who, if you’d like to read more about my Shakespeare adventures you can read my past post:

I promise it’s not as a.d.d as this post.


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A Playful Friday Night

All that glitters is not gold.

Merchant of Venice

Mirror Image

Up on the Balcony

Sidney Harman Hall

Brian and I absolutely love all the artistic entertainment D.C. has to offer from a night enjoying a play at the Shakespeare Theater to relishing in the beauty of the opera, symphony, ballet, or a musical at the Kennedy Center. There have been many a night, I have been whisked to an exotic island in the South Pacific during World War II, been hypnotized by the exquisite movement of the  Washington Company Ballet dancers, or drifted away to the sweet Italian melodies of Don Pasquale.

I must say the Shakespeare Theater does a wonderful job of adapting Shakespeare plays into modern interpretations.  Brian and I have seen three plays now, where some major part of the play has been modified–As You Like It (our first date 😉 ), All’s Well That Ends Well, and Merchant of Venice. These contemporary plays still uphold the classic plot and dialog, but may change the setting and characters accents. These changes truly keep the plays interesting and exciting to see, even for the experienced theater goer.

This Friday we got all dressed up (and matched on accident. hahaha) and ventured to Sidney Harman Hall to view The Merchant of Venice . This heated tale, set in the roaring 1920s in the hustling New York City, is one of racial prejudice,  love, revenge,  and a question of whether justice or injustice was served.

I ended the night clapping away, loving yet another culture filled night with Brian.


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