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Lear and the Tempest, Richard II Othello, Hamlet yes, but i've seen so many performances of so many that it makes a difference to my perceptions and not just over time. When brilliantly inhabited measure for measure is a beautiful piece of theatremaking for justice even unto exhaustion. Michael Gambon's Falstaff. lifting money from the purses of the dead, joking the next in Henry ivth.suzannahhh wrote: my faves of willie's work
(in no particular order):
Merchant of Venice
and Sonnet 116
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me prov'd,
I never writ, nor no man ever lov'd.
a fluctuate on Hamlet
and am much less mad for the comedies
Romeo and Juliet
Yeah, teenage boys really like the bloody stuff. Macbeth and Richard III work really well with them for that reason, and there are good film versions of both. When I teach Romeo & Juliet I get all conspiratorial and ask them not to tell their parents and then explain all of the filthy puns and jokes in the opening banter between the servants.SeizureToday wrote: I really like "Midsummer's": it's accessible, pretty funny, has all sorts of crazy farcical elements about, plenty to discuss on any levels (paternal heirarchy, mirrors between the fairy court and the Athenian court, etc.)... I read it for a class too.
That all being said: the difficult thing would be the 13-year old boys. While I think that Shakespeare's one to be consumed at any age group, I remember that fairies and romance and marriages all around aren't exactly things that appeal to most boys that age. That's about its only hindrance, but really, it's a great segway before you hit the harder stuff; and "Romeo and Juliet" has been done to death.