Monday, March 3, 2008

Small Slice of Shakespeare

“The Focus Group.” By Aaron Sorkin. Perf. Matthew Perry and Sarah Paulson. Dir. Chris Misiano. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Season 1, episode 3. ABC. 1 October 2006. DVD. Warner Home Video, 2007.

I try to keep my finger on the pulse of Shakespeare in the media, even if the reference is relatively small or the Shakespearean matter relatively limited. All right, I admit that I have a list of Star Trek episodes that take their titles from Shakesperare.

In Season One, episode three of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (thus far, a very cleverly-written television show, providing much interest in terms of Christians and Christianity in the media), Sarah Paulson’s character performs a brief speech from A Midsummer Night’s Dream while imitating the voice of Holly Hunter.

As I said, it’s small and limited, but it’s Shakespeare! Hurrah!

Note: A later post includes a clip of this scene.

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1 comment:

JennyK said...

I loved Studio 60, and think it was a shame that it was cancelled after one season. I agree that it was nice to see a more balanced view of Christians in the media.

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