Sir and I were having an interesting discussion last night after skeet about Shakespeare. I honestly don’t remember how we got on the subject. But I brought up the point that when in high school, our English class got to go see a production of Macbeth. The lead was a haaaawwwwt twenty-something guy…in haaawwwttt, tight leather pants.
Um, yeah. *wiping drool off chin*
The boys got screwed, however, because Lady Macbeth was meh. LOL
There is no better way to ensure an auditorium full of teenage girls pay attention to Shakespeare than to dangle a hawt guy in tight leather pants in front of them.
So that led us into the discussion of productions. I said that I thought the 1996 film version with Leonardo DiCaprio was well-done because they kept the original dialoge while modernizing it. He wrinkled His nose at that and said He preferred them as period pieces. I, however, enjoy modernized variations as well as period pieces. I think it’s more difficult in some ways, because we are “trained” from school to think of Shakespeare as this stuffy, antiquated, hard-to-understand stuff. So to see actors breathe life into those roles in a way that’s relevant is really neat, to me.
Another rendition I loved was the Brooke McEldowney’s Pibgorn comic strip version of A Midsummer’s Night Dream (A Pibsummer Night’s Dream), and he’s started a Romeo and Juliet version now. (http://gocomics.com/pibgorn) And, of course, West Side Story.
So what are your favorite versions of the Bard? Do you like traditionalism in dress and dialoge? Do you like it modernized? (Duuuude…) Do you have a favorite version that is your go-to (written or performed)?
Feel free to sound out in the comments, because, as you can see, Gidget has no interest in talking to me this morning. (She refused to pose for a selfie with me, but I still managed.)