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Last week I was fortunate enough to go
see Shakespeare's The Tempest
performed at the Illinois Shakespeare festival in Bloomington. It was
a great experience, and the Shakespearean atmosphere that they
managed to create made it easy to immerse yourself in the time
want to do in the future.
I liked the best about the play was the actors. I do not go to very
many plays, but I would have to say that this was the best one that I
have ever been to. I think my favorite actor was Prospero, he did a
wonderful job of portraying the transformation from a bitter old man
to someone who sees the good in people. I think the reason I liked
him so much, was because he was the most serious character in the
play. The other characters were very good, but their roles seemed a
little too slapstick for me. I know that it is supposed to be a
comedy, but I would much prefer verbal humor (of which there was
plenty) to the physical humor that they seemed to emphasize.
writing was a little more difficult to have an opinion about, because
I was hearing it for the first time. In retrospect, I wish I would
have read the play before seeing it performed, or at least read a
synopsis, so that I wouldn't have been lost on the plot. Despite
being lost at times, the play was still very enjoyable. I really
admire Shakespeare's use of words, and I think his plays would have
almost as much value even without their plots.