Shakespeare in the Park
Keats, a breezy summer's eve, a cup of cocoa, and Shakespeare. The
ingredients for a lovely night out. We'd originally planned to attend
Shakespeare in the Park in Notre Dame de Grace or Westmount, expecting
relatively quiet surroundings, but found ourselves instead in Cabot
Square on a Friday night, across the street from the AMC movie theatre
and directly behind the Atwater metro station's entrance. Not to
mention the traffic.
Yet it was a
pleasant surprise to notice, not ten minutes into the performance,
that all distractions had fallen away. We were riveted to the action
on the stage -- and off, as the players ran among us at times as
they sought on another, or sought to escape each other!
This year marked
the 25th anniversary of Montreal's Shakespeare in the Park and many
veteran actors from previous years had returned for its anniversary
run of A Midsummer's Night's dreams.
of Shakespeare's plays have been staged for over fifty years in
North America, beginning in New York and Kentucky. Entrance is always
free, and donations are gladly accepted, not just to maintain the
performances -- lighting, sound, costumes, set decoration, licenses,
etc. -- but also in support of various charities.
Night's Dream, with its woodland setting, is ideal for park performances,
of course. With trees round about and grass beneath your feet, it's
easy to feel a part of the characters' world, especially that of
the fairie realm -- King Oberon, Queen Titania, and of course, The
tricksy Puck. It's always a delight, too, to hear such familiar
phrases as have seeped into our language and consciousness from
Shakespeare in their original context: "Lord what fools these
mortals be", "ill met by moonlight", "if we
shadows have offended..."
looking forward to next year's performance of The Taming of the
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