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ruthless compassion
24 July 2004 @ 10:32 am
Aileen and I went to see Much Ado About Nothing last night on the Boston Common. A couple of weeks ago, we were going to a movie at the theater on the common and while waiting, we overheard what at first sounded like yelling but soon resolved itself into... a play!

Now, I've been in Boston for six summers, and I've never gone to Shakespeare on the Common. Yes, yes, I know, it's downright shameful of me. But, there you have it. And I'll go further to say that I probably won't go out of my way to do it again. Certainly not without lawn chairs.

The fact is that I just don't love Shakespeare. Sure, some of the stories are kind of engaging, and, yes, they seem to have broad appeal. But I often find more modern retellings of the stories more interesting that the original, and there's the whole snobbery bit around Shakespeare that gets a little old.

All that said, if I'm going to see a Shakespearean play, Much Ado is one of the better ones, although I have a few nits to pick with some of the events and people. But nevermind that. It even passes the Dykes to Watch Out For test, which is something. And this production was quite good, I thought, with the comic moments played up well for the uncultured audience, but not so much that the snobs would find it completely over the top. Well, maybe they would. Who can say about those snobs?

Anyway, it was a very nice evening, all in all, and we didn't get stopped for bag searches in the T. I was a little disappointed, since I had remembered to put my handy-dandy, you're-violating-my-privacy, big sex toy on top of everything else in my bag. Of course, I was also planning to refuse a search, if it came up, so I wouldn't have gotten to wave it about a rail about invasion of privacy, anyway. But it was a nice thought :)