Once again I spent the evening in Torrance enjoying the second Shakespeare by the Sea performance of the season.
Last night showcased The Winter’s Tale, a drama that arguably wasn’t very dramatic, but tonight was comedy night with The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Honestly, this play was much better in my opinion. I’m usually one for the Shakespearean dramas, but something about this show in particular really tickled my funny bone.
It was essentially the story of two women getting revenge on a man who tried to steal both of them from their husbands at the same time, not knowing they were close friends and would figure it out. As always, the actors really brought the story — and all the innuendo it carried — to life in the best of ways.
Plus the show told me that Shakespeare was a proponent of cuckolding and crossdressing as a means of humiliating people. The guy may have changed the English language and culture forever, but he was a freak when he wanted to be.
God… What am I doing. Making fun of the Bard in a random Saturday blog post.
This is what happens when you don’t have any ideas, people.
Well okay that’s not necessarily true. There’s a few things I could think to talk about from tonight.
Like how I had a great time going out to the show with Aly tonight.
Or the fact that having a seat further back from the stage facilitated seeing a lot more of the special extraneous stuff surrounding the production.
It’s harder to notice the actors slipping out from the side of the stage to make their approach through the center aisle when you’ve got a more centralized, engrossing view of the show. For example.
On top of that, when it came to this show specifically, I noticed a lot more of the things going on in the park around us as well. For instance, the venue happens to be in front of an outdoor hockey rink:
That thing has a very loud buzzer, even when it’s outside.
Yet that buzzer is only barely louder than the little kids playing on the playground over to the right of the stage.
All especially fun distractions when you’re far enough away from the action that even the speakers don’t pick up all the slack in helping us hear what was going on.
That’s about all I can think to say though, I’m afraid. I went to the gym again earlier today, and that coupled with the late play has left me a little burnt out.
So I’ll try to get something more significant out tomorrow.
Even though the plan is to spend the night with my friends. We’ll see.