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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Short get-away

Gosh, I can't believe it's been so long since I've updated my blog! I guess life has just been going along as usual, and nothing has stood out to write about lately. However, that changed yesterday. DH and I took off to go to Cedar City, UT, to see two plays during their annual Shakespeare Festival. Our trips there began rather accidentally, when I won tickets to one of these plays about a year ago. Once we'd gone there for that one, we were hooked! Up until yesterday, though, we hadn't actually seen anything from Shakespeare, as this Festival also produces plays by other authors from around the world. 

Yesterday, we actually attended — and thoroughly enjoyed — two plays. The first was a matinée performance of Scapin, a comedy originally written by Molière, a French playwright of the seventieth century. I'd read a lot of his works in college, since I majored in French, but I'd never seen one live. This production was translated, of course, into English, but it was also modified so that the characters interacted quite a bit with the audience. By the time the play ended, my cheeks were hurting from laughing so much!

But the laughter wasn't finished at that point. That evening, we attended a production of The Merry Wives of Windsor,  the first Shakespeare play we've seen there. We hadn't realized that these plays are performed in a replica of the old Globe! It was quite impressive, and the actors were so good that everyone there enjoyed the experience despite the inherent difficulties of understanding Elizabethan English. There was much laughter and enthusiastic applause — all well deserved. :) The photo I've attached here is a panorama of the inside of the outdoor theater; naturally, no photography was allowed during the performance.

It was a long — but completely enjoyable — day, but we're home again and ready for an afternoon nap! ;)

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