So, Commonwealth Shakespeare of Boston is doing All’s Well That Ends Well this year.
Quite frankly I know almost nothing about it. I’ll do some research before I go, familiarize myself with the plot of course. But I’m curious to see if it holds up to a certain test. Namely, the “What’s it famous for?” test.
When I saw As You Like It a few years ago, I don’t think it really had the audience’s attention. That is, until Jaques started in on “All the world’s a stage…” and you could have heard a pin drop, as everybody in the audience simultaneously thought, “Oh, wait, I know that speech!” and stopped to listen.
Twelfth Night has a similar moment when Orsino gives us “If music be the food of love, play on!” although, naturally, that occurs too early to be a head turning moment. But it certainly gets the play started with even the most casual fan’s attention!
So, somebody sell me on All’s Well. What line, speech or scene is going to show up here that I’m going to recognize and say, “Oh, *that’s* where that comes from?!”