The Globe Players’ The Merchant of Venice

Hello from Turtle and Moose! Yesterday, we saw The Merchant of Venice, performed by The Globe Players and written by William Shakespeare, at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park. It is a very comical and enjoyable play that is a must watch for everyone. The Globe Players is a high school troupe that has been working together and learning about Shakespeare for six weeks and they have done a wonderful job with this show.

One of our favorite characters is Shylock because he is greedy and a very visibly evil character. Another one of our favorite characters is Old Gabbo; we love the gut-busting hysteria that comes after he cries. It is the perfect funniest, saddest, most awkward thing we have ever seen. We love when he always turns the wrong way when he is talking to people and it takes his son pushing his face toward the person he is speaking to for it to be a legitimate conversation.

One of our favorite scenes is when Shylock and Antonio first meet to discuss the terms of a loan. It sets up the goals and motivations for Shylock and tells us why people seem to hate him. It also provides a view of the very contrasting Antonio. Another one of our favorite scenes is when Portia and Nerissa are chewing out their husbands because they gave away their wedding rings as demanded by a judge and his clerk. It turns out that Portia and Nerissa are very involved in this test of faithfulness of their husbands. More we cannot say. (This scene could have mixed reviews, however; if Gollum were to see it, he would be unhappy with the treatment of these rings and would go back to his cave thoroughly disgusted.)

The plot of the story is that Bassanio is madly in love with the heiress Portia. In order to win her, he must participate in a contest consisting of a choice between three caskets. One will win him marriage with Portia, but choosing poorly will have negative consequences, as other suitors have already discovered. He succeeds in this trial and they become happily married. However, Bassanio lives far away from Portia and cannot pay for the journey or his expenses, so his dear friend and wealthy merchant, Antonio, agrees to help. Antonio has many active ventures and is cash-poor, so they both go to a money lender by the name of Shylock. Shylock, who strongly resents Antonio for his willingness to lend money without interest, enters into a bond that would cut off a pound of Antonio’s flesh if Antonio is not able to repay the loan. Shylock is utterly broken after a friend of Antonio’s runs off with Shylock’s daughter and the daughter runs off with a large sum of Shylock’s money. Tragedy strikes Antonio’s ventures and so Shylock, in a fit of revenge, is determined to get his flesh. Despite the bond being legal, the court settles the matter against Shylock. The judge asks for the wedding rings of Bassanio and his friend and they reluctantly give them, even though they had sworn to always keep them on. What is the unusual connection between the courts and their wives? They go home to a steamed Portia and Nerissa, but how this end up? Will the men be forever lonely because of their mistake, or will all be forgiven because of the good reason to give the rings up? Find out, in The Merchant of Venice.

The Merchant of Venice is an amazing play. You can see it in Central Park at 8 pm Thursday, July 27th through Saturday, July 29th. Don’t miss this excellent production, and don’t forget to bring your Cultural Pass!

 

Turtle and Moose

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Globe Players’ As You Like It

Hello! I went to see the Globe Players’ As You Like It at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. It was a really good play and I enjoyed it a lot.

The play opens with Duke Senior being banished by his brother Duke Fredrick. Senior escapes to the Forest of Arden, while his daughter Rosalind stays at the court with her cousin Celia. Orlando tries to leave his unfair brother Oliver by trying to get his share of the fortune. Orlando and Rosalind meet and fall in love. Duke Fredrick banishes Rosalind. Rosalind (disguised as a boy named Ganymede), Celia (disguised as Aliena – sister of Ganymede), and Touchstone the fool leave to find Rosalind’s father in the Forest of Arden.

When they get to Arden they discover that someone has been posting love poems on trees and it turns out to be Orlando. Orlando meets Ganymede and Ganymede makes him act like he is Rosalind to cure his love for her. But for the other characters there is also love. A shepherd named Silvius loves Phoebe who is, in turn, in love with Ganymede. Celia falls in love with Aliena (that’s coincidental) and even Touchstone falls in love with Audrey. Soon Ganymede tries to fix up everything. He asks Phoebe if she will marry Silvius. Phoebe agrees so on the wedding day Ganymede reveals that she is Rosalind. She marries Orlando, Touchstone marries Audrey, Oliver marries Celia and Phoebe marries Silvius and all live happily ever after.

My favorite costume was Charles because he wore red and black shoulder pads with spikes. He also had a manager and an entourage. A really cool thing was all the singing and music. There were electric guitars, guitars, cello, and a banjo. There was also a really amazing dance scene at the end that was really well choreographed. My favorite character was Touchstone because he was funny and like everyone else was also in love. My favorite scene was the Charles wrestling scene because it was in fun to see Charles and Orlando.

Remember that Kentucky Shakespeare is on the Louisville Cultural Pass which is over this coming Saturday. There are two more shows in the park this summer – West Side Story and Shakespeare in Dance.

Moose

The Globe Players’ The Comedy of Errors

Last night we went to see The Comedy of Errors by the Globe Players at Shakespeare in the Park. It was a great comedy and we liked it very much. The play starts with a boy playing with a trunk and whenever he opens it, music comes out. He climbs into the trunk and when he climbs back out, the play has started. Aegeon, an old merchant from Syracuse, is caught in Ephesus and will be executed unless he can pay 1000 marks. Aegeon explains that he was in Ephesus looking for his son Antipholus and his son’s servant Dromio. It turns out that his son and his son’s servant are each actually identical twins and his other son and his servant were separated because of shipwreck and lost with Aegeon’s wife. It turns out that both sets of twins are running around Ephesus. Will Aegeon live? Will the sets of twins ever meet? Will there be a case of identity theft? You only have two more performances to find out!

One of our favorite scenes was the trunk scene because Officer 3 (who wasn’t really an officer) was running from the other officers and hid in a truck that made music. Officer 3, played by Collin Landrum, was very clever and knew how to hide from the police. Another favorite scene was the final scene when the two Dromios, played by Kate Barnett and Bailey Lomax, mocked each other. It was really funny. The Dromios did a lot of physical comedy and they did it really well.

This was a really cool play and we hope you can see it. It plays again tonight and Sunday. Shakespeare in the Part is part of the Louisville Cultural Pass and if you get your Shakespeare card punched for seeing each of the shows, you could win a prize. Don’t miss it!

Turtle and Moose

Kentucky Shakespeare’s Globe Players’ Production of Love’s Labour’s Lost

Today we went to Love’s Labour’s Lost by the Globe Players and it was a very interesting play. Here is a short summary of the beginning. In a camp called Camp Navarre there are 4 boys that are studying and then 4 girls come so the boys make an oath not to touch or look at the girls so they won’t be distracted or they will be forever humiliated. All 4 of the boys break their oath and get humiliated and then fall in love. One of our favorite characters is Costard, played by Patrick Koshewa, because he was really funny like the time he calls the 4 boys in Camp Navarre traitors because they broke their oath. Our other favorite character was Armado, played by Grace Ording, because it was very funny when he said mustache in a funny accent and when he acts like his spoon is a sword. We think that Custard and Jaquentta should not have been offended when they were called turtles because being a turtle is not a bad thing! We really think you should go see this play because it is really good.

By Turtle and Moose