Maryland Shakespeare Festivals “As You Like It”

Well’ just got back from another Bare Bard from the Maryland Shakespeare festival,  and once again they showed that professional theater is alive and well in Frederick, (As long as they are funded and supported by people like us I should say). The first time I saw them was in 2008 doing the “Merry Wives of Windsor”, and now here we are, thirteen plays later (Yes I’ve seen 13 fully acted, separate plays since 2008 performed by MSF, having  missed only a couple) and I just had the good fortune to see them perform “As You Like It”. What can I say that I haven’t said before? Their energy was boundless. The presentation was energetic and full of fun. And the actors were at the top of their game.

“As You Like It” is a funny play no matter how you slice it, but the way the actors pulled the audience in made it all that more enjoyable. For at this Bare Bard the audience was not allowed to be mere spectators, but were drawn in to be participants, either as cannon fodder on stage for a pun, or getting handed a script and a hat and asked to perform… I have seen some very formal, and should I use the word “Uptight” versions of the Bards comedies, and in no way could this version ever be considered “Uptight”. Especially after seeing a man in tights, that were’ Ummm, well… to tight… sing the venerated and sanctified words of our beloved Bard to the tunes of “I Will Survive”, and Ricky Martins “Living La Vida Loca”.

Most importantly the Maryland Shakespeare Festival reminds us that Shakespeare is meant to be fun. And if I have not said it before, I would like to thank each and every person involved in these productions, for all their hard work and dedication.

Please visit the Maryland Shakespeare Festival at http://MDShakes.com. Your support will help keep Shakespeare alive in our area!

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2 Responses

  1. Welcome back, Jamie. Good to see you posting again! I saw MSF do Merchant of Venice last fall and really enjoyed it.

  2. Hi!,
    Yep’ Finally decided I was going to take the time (Which has been in very short supply), and jump back in.
    The M of V was really cool, If I had known you were going to be there, I would’a said hi, since I really enjoy your web site. Even though I had lag in posting, I was still able to see about 4 plays over the Winter though.
    In case your interested there is a new MEETUP.COM group for local Shakespeare lovers at http://www.meetup.com/DC-area-Shakespeare-explorers/ . The first meetup it this Sunday at the Folger Library for Shakespeare’s Birthday.
    Take Care
    Jamie

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