I’ve got another one for you. If I’m ever asked which play is my favorite, I have a hard time answering. My answer goes somthing like, “Hamlet. Well, it depends, Lear and Macbeth have some cool bits as well…and Iago’s a great villain…” and then I realize that I’m naming all the great tragedies and add, “But for the comedies, Taming of the Shrew is very funny…” and before I know it I’ve named a dozen plays :).
So, here’s my question. Which play is the most *entertaining* to you? Not which one you feel is the best literature, and no special limitations on the question (best plot, best tragedy, etc…). You’ve got a chance to sit in the audience for the performance of one of Shakespeare’s plays. Which one do you pick?
I think I may go with Romeo and Juliet. Something of a populist choice. I think it’s got a good blend of comedy (hello, Nurse), supporting characters (Mercutio!), action, plot, and tragedy. I may love Hamlet to death, but as I mentioned somewhere else, there are parts that make me want to fall asleep. I love Macbeth mostly for the ending, I get confused by much of what goes on. And so on.