I'm playing Costard in a production of Love's Labours Lost. He's a lower class character among royalty. A bright guy, but ignorant of their ways. I want to attempt a Southie accent, and I'm looking for help. So far I've re-watched Good Will Hunting, The Fighter, and Ted, and have googled "how to do a Boston accent". I'm looking for additional advice from a Bostonian beyond the basics, but ideally, a phonetic transcription or recording of Costard's lines would really help me out. I've included the lines below. [more inside]
Has there been one besides the comic "Kill Shakespeare"? [more inside]
I am working on a short (4-minute) film that is set at a performance of Shakespeare in the Park. As part of the film one of the characters (an actor) will be on stage, acting out a short portion from a play. I need to choose what passage the actor will be performing. Help? [more inside]
Has anyone stood on line for free tickets for Shakespeare in the Park recently? How bad are the lines? How early should I get there?
Shakespeare's plays are so densely rich and full of deep philosophy and wordplay (e.g. throwaway allusions which open - and, a line or two later, shut - huge worlds of insightful ideas) that I find it quite impossible to parse (much less absorb) all of what's being said and alluded to in real-time. And this is leaving completely aside the issues of outdated references and obsolete language. So: is it that people back then had nimbler minds, capable of absorbing densely-packed language in real time by rapidly spieling actors? Or.......? [more inside]
Remember The Wet Look? Well, I need The Drowned Look. For this year’s Halloween costume contest, my buddies and I are going as the ladies of Shakespearean tragedy, and I drew Ophelia. I’m not doing Sad or Mad Ophelia, though; I’m doing recently-fished-out-of-the-creek Ophelia, and I need some advice. [more inside]
In 1997 Jude Kelly directed a production of Othello starring Patrick Stewart in the title role. Is a recording available? [more inside]
What are the best tv or movie adaptations of Shakespeare's plays?
Shakespeare Filter, Much Ado About Nothing Subfilter: Why does Hero still marry Claudio when he is the MEANEST PERSON IN THE WORLD? [more inside]
I want to offer super-cheap ($10 to free) Shakespeare tickets to educators and their students in the NYC area. I'm interested in contacting both high school and college teachers. Would they likely welcome this or consider it spam? Is there some kind of message board or other resource I can use to contact these folks.
My friend's mom is trying to find a play that might be called "1601." Probably has as characters: Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Walter Raleigh, Shakespeare. She read it in the late 1960's, and it was full of many fart jokes, sexual allusions, etc. Was supposed to be set in Queen Elizabeth's drawing room... We're having no luck, turning to the hive mind.....
My in-laws gave me a gift certificate to the Guthrie Theater. It will pay for two tickets (for me and my wife) to one play. Given the cost of babysitting, tickets, and dinner, this may be the only play I will see this year. I'd like to see something by Shakespeare. Here are my choices: As You Like It - performed by The Acting Company; Twelth Night - performed by Propeller; and, Taming of the Shrew - Performed by Propeller. Which play should I see? I'll note that I'm leaning towards either seeing As You Like It or Twelth Night, as I've seen Taming of the Shrew twice before and found the sexism made it less than enjoyable both times (I was also in a production of it during college, and found it offputting then as well.)
You know how sometimes when you watch (or read) a Shakespeare play, you come across a something which makes you go "Holy crap, that's one of the greatest pieces of English I've ever heard, but I'm not quite sure what it means". This happens especially often for me because I'm not a native English speaker. Well, I just watched the movie adaptation of Coriolanus a few weeks ago and I need one of the lines explained to me. [more inside]
I want to read public domain books (especially Shakespeare) on my Galaxy S3. But all of the apps I can find are giving me trouble. What's the best-designed and most convenient solution? [more inside]
Where can I host videos for my Shakespeare play comparison website that won't a) cost me tons due to hosting and b) be YouTube knee-jerky on copyright violation? [more inside]
Song identification filter: I heard a song on Los Angeles independent radio the other day that included lyrics from "Feste's Song" from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Some how my duckduckgofu hath failed. Details follow. [more inside]
Why wasn't Hamlet crowned King of Denmark immediately after his father's death? [more inside]
Besides Shakespeare, who are the writers with the greatest wit and rhetorical skill? [more inside]
Taking children, ages 16, 15, and 10, to see Romeo & Juliet. Should I explain it to them first? [more inside]
Who are good candidates for reasonably being labelled "The Brazilian Shakespeare"? [more inside]
Macbeth: Looking for a good annotated version of the Scottish play, geared toward a lay reader without a lot of Shakespeare knowledge, rather than an academic or expert. Open to one with a modern "translation" on each facing page. Interested in hardcopy, not electronic format. Thanks!
A bunch of supposedly literate people at Christmas dinner couldn't decide from what piece of classical English literature we all half-remember the phrase "to out-[Person] [Person]", or "it out-[Person]s [Person]". We were all sure it was from Shakespeare, but a quick regular expression search of Gutenberg found nothing. Can you think of examples of that construction?
I am trying to find the name of a short story that involved a socially awkward actor brought out of his shell romantically by Shakespeare's words. [more inside]
Please recommend a video production of "The Merchant of Venice" best suited for an 8-year-old. [more inside]
I'm looking for academic linguistic papers and/or books on classification of sentence structures. (Should I turn on the languagehat signal?) [more inside]
Looking for a Shakespeare quote about the prince having been the ideal every man wished to be. [more inside]
Trying to find this Shakespeare passage: two guards talking idly, something about prevaricators being first in line for hell, etc. Ring a bell for anyone? thanks!
I am looking for great performances of Lady Macbeth. Please point me towards any recordings (video, audio) of Lady M's finest moments. I don't need whole productions of Macbeth, just great performances of Macbeth's wife. Online, preferably. [more inside]
If you were doing an outdoor guerrilla community Shakespeare play, where each scene was performed in a different public place, which one would you choose? [more inside]
I've heard from more than one academic source that Shakespeare's plays weren't considered particularly "high art" in his time, being somewhat more on the level of TV sitcoms of today. How accurate is that assessment? If it is accurate, what was considered highbrow literature at the time and why?
Thespians of Metafilter: What should I, a humble stage acting newbie, expect when auditioning for a role with his local theatre company? [more inside]
If one were to collect scenes from Shakespeare films to compare how different productions approached them differently, what scenes should be selected? [more inside]
Is the 'Everyman Shakespeare' series available in other formats? [more inside]
I am looking for information about the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-Upon-Avon (part of the University of Birmingham, UK). Specifically, I am wondering about its reputation for teaching and research. I am an American student considering attending for an MA in Shakespeare Studies, but don't feel like I have enough information to make a decision.
In Shakespeare's Hamlet, why doesn't Horatio tell Hamlet of Ophelia's condition? [more inside]
AcademiaFilter: Help me find some references for my first thesis chapter. JSTOR and similar resources aren't yielding a lot of hits. I need background material for justifying selecting editions of Elizabethan dramatic texts. [more inside]
Which Shakespeare works should I read next? [more inside]
Looking to identify a passage from Shakespeare that someone gave me written in French. [more inside]
Help me remember a quote that features the word "beautiful" several times... Seriously, please help because it's driving me batty. [more inside]
Where should I go in London or Southern England to see Shakespeare performed live in early 2010? [more inside]
I need help remembering the most famous Shakespeare references in modern literature. [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can obtain online a copy of Hamlet's famous soliloquy "To be, or not to be..." in Arabic? [more inside]
I seek a tome of knowledge pertaining to the Bard of Avalon, one William Shakespeare hight by name. To meet my wishes, it is meet said tome contains a listing of all personae dramatica in each play who meet their end, timely or no. Doth such a book exist? [more inside]
Looking for a website that retells the plots of Shakespeare's plays. Using modern English, in short story form. [more inside]
I want to invite a woman (via letter) I like out on a date to see a Shakespearean play later this month. I want it to read somewhat like the general language used in his writings, but also instantly understandable to someone not very familiar with his plays and/or language. If someone could point me to a resource to help out or if you're willing to rewrite it yourself, I'd be very thankful. [more inside]
What is the funniest scene in a Shakespeare play? [more inside]
Which King Lear should I read, Q or F? [more inside]
Where to eat before an evening performance at Shakespeare's Globe in London? [more inside]
Help me find more non-purist adaptations of Shakespeare's plays in books and film, please. Caveat postor: they need to actually be good. [more inside]
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