Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Great River Shakespeare Festival Opens Friday!

Romeo and Juliet. Much Ado About Nothing. The Great River Shakespeare Festival. 24 June to 2 August 2015.

I've said it before, and I'll doubtless say it again: Go to the Great River Shakespeare Festival. They produce utterly unsurpassable Shakespeare, well worth driving hundreds of miles to see.

Preview performances start tomorrow; opening night is Friday.

Here's a quick link to my reactions to last year's festival.

And here's a trailer for their Much Ado About Nothing—it looks fabulous, and I love the tagline:  "What Love Dares."  Good stuff.

Links: The Great River Shakespeare Festival.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Even More Shakespeare in Pears Before Swine

Pastis, Stephan. “Whuh you Reading?” When Pigs Fly: A Pearls Before Swine Collection. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel, 2010. 11.


'Romeo and
Juliet' . . .
Its for my
English class.
Thus begins another nifty Shakespeare-related comic by Stephan Pastis.

And the spacing of that dialogue makes it easier for the comic to be inserted below!

Pastis has a fair number of Shakespeare-related comics. In the following, the dad Croc (like most of the Crocs in the comic, a fairly low wattage bulb) finds his son (unlike most of the Crocs in the comic, an over-achiever) reading a book. Observe the hilarity:

Update: Pastis puts together treasuries of his comics, providing "artist's commentary" on some of them. Let's see what he has to say about this one:

I'm not sure that's fair . . . but I'm not sure that comment is to be taken at face value.

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