Monday, April 23, 2007

Stratford Upon Cat Heads



A big Happy Birthday to William Shakespeare. It is fortuitous that on Thursday I will be joining Lulu and our friends Jane and Steve to enjoy Troilus and Cressida at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. This is our third and final play of the season and I am already looking forward to next season.

I have odd fond memories of reading a lot of Shakespeare in college. As an English major, I was required at the University of South Carolina to take both a course on his comedies and his tragedies. Due to scheduling issues, I ended up taking both of them in one semester. I loved it. In fact, it was probably one of my favorite semesters in undergrad. I was living in an apartment on my own and basically spent almost every evening curled up on my sofa reading Shakespeare. How bad could that be? I had two brilliant professors for the courses as well and wish I could go back and thank them for their insight and enthusiasm.

So, Happy Birthday to the Bard! I often wonder if he realized how influential his work would become and how his stories of love and betrayal, human introspection and comic wit would cross cultural and temporal boundaries. Bravo! And now, for your entertainment...Cat Head Theater. Come on, this had to be a little silly, right?

5 comments:

lulu said...

I took a once a week, three hour Shakespeare class when I was at DePaul. I would go to Starbucks around noon, get a huge drink, curl up in a chair and read whatever play we were studying start to finish, then I would go to class. I have no idea how people who don't read fast get through college.

I have never read Troilus and Cressida, and I don't have time this week to plow through it. Perhaps I'll check out my copy of Shakespeare for Dummies.

Beth said...

Brilliant video!

I hope y'all have fun at the show.

Bubs said...

You know, you're going to be in big trouble if anyone drops acid and watches your cat head theater video.

Coaster Punchman said...

CHT = awesome.

Tenacious S said...

Troilus and Cressida=WTF

I forgot what a weird play that is.