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"If you be not mad, be gone; if you have reason, be brief."
- William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
I liked it, but didn't love it.
Positives: I always like Shakespeare's gender benders. The Bard enjoys not playing characters straight. He doesn't want a love story or even a love triangle, Shakespeare wants to explore all the tangents, the lines, and the angles of love's many geometries. He is a great experimenter of the human soul. He is the Faraday of romance, unsatisfied until he has teased out all the attractions and repulsions possible.
Negatives: I'm not a fan of Shakespeare's musical comedies. I don't include A Midsummer Night's Dream on this list, because I consider that play to be one of Shakespeare's great LYRICAL plays (along with Richard II and Romeo and Juliet). Anyway, anytime Shakespeare's actors start singing and dancing, I want to use that time/space to grab a popcorn or pee. Just not my jam.
"If music be the food of love, play on." (Act 1, Scene 1)
“Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.” (Act 1, Scene 5)
“Well, God give them wisdom that have it; and those that are fools, let them use their talents.” (Act 1, Scene 5)
“Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.” (Act 1, Scene 5)
“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” (Act 2, Scene 5)
“I say there is no darkness but ignorance.” (Act 4, Scene 2)
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