Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Best Shakespeare Festivals

If you are searching for theBest Shakespeare Festivals in Michigan this summer, chances are you have ran across the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. In their 15th year of Shakespeare Theatre, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival has a very diverse and entertaining set of shows planned for this season. In this article, we will talk about one in particular, "As You Like It".

Even though As You Like It is considered a pastoral romance play, and one of the Bard's most enduringly popular comedies, it opens in times of turmoil. Here we have hostility between brothers, a Duke unfairly exiled, royal realms seized, and a daughter separated from her father and strictly ruled by her evil uncle, Duke Frederick. These merge to create a world seemingly devoid of love, hope, or future.

Amid this mayhem, two young people, Rosalind and Orlando, fall in love at first sight. Before their love can be professed, Rosalind is banished by her uncle and Orlando escapes from his malicious brother. Unbeknownst to each other the two lovers flee to the Forest of Arden. Rosalind, for the safety of herself and her travel companions, must pose as a man, Ganymede.

Almost at once, Rosalind meets the lovesick Orlando and realizes she must put his love on trial. She entices him to woo her, even posing as a man. During this "courtship" other foresters are encountered, fools, philosophers, shepherds, shepherdesses, and Rosalind's father the exiled Duke Senior, all contributing to an ending of revelations, love and laughter. There is a reunion of father and daughter and reconciliation of two brothers. Even the heinous Duke Fredrick finds redemption in religion.

Our passage of disguise and discovery culminates in a joyous wedding finale of four couples, overseen by Hymen, god of marriage. World order is restored as self-discovery ends in true love. Humanity is regained and peace reigns once again.

Be sure to attend one of the Best Shakespeare Festivals in Michigan, The Michigan Shakespeare Festival. Also, make sure to secure tickets very soon for this year's festival, if you are interested in seeing "As You Like It", and several other Shakespeare Festival classics live.