The announcement’s been made, and Commonwealth Shakespeare this summer will be performing Two Gentlemen of Verona on Boston Common.
I’m not sure how I feel about this. I’ve never seen the play, so I’m excited to see something new. But it’s rare that I’ve ever heard anything positive about the play. Is it that it’s early? Or just bad? Is this the one with the rape in it?
I love love love Shakespeare in the park every year. Hearing the words echo out into the night sky? Shivers.
I’m not sure how the company chooses the plays, but they’ve definitely been going through a… lesser? phase. That’s not fair, Coriolanus was in there. But Two Gents? Before that Coriolanus, before that All’s Well That Ends Well. I’m wondering whether Troilus and Cressida or Timon of Athens is coming up next?
In the 18 years they’ve been going, only one show has been repeated — Midsummer. I’ve seen 9 years worth of shows, and it kills me that Hamlet is the only year I missed (since I’ve been going).
Last year the host actually told one of my knock-knock jokes on stage. Didn’t really get much of a laugh. But I felt the damned giddy fool telling everybody around me, “That’s my joke! I wrote that!!”