Archive for April 23rd, 2009

Bonus!

For those of you who liked the contests from a few weeks ago, here’s another one! The Meanest Mom is hosting a gigantic Mother’s Day Contest, with some pretty fantastic prizes. Many apologies for the late notice on my end, but you need to go make your comment by tomorrow at midnight if you’d like a chance to win. I was very happy with the list of prizes, even as I don’t have a little baby anymore…plenty of items for those of you with bigger kids!

Thursday Threesome: Happy Birthday!

On the Thursday Threesome, I’ll choose a theme and describe three things that have to do with that theme. I’ve been trying not to procrastinate, but who are we kidding, really? But this week worked out as I had completely forgotten that it’s Willy Shakespeare’s birthday today! So today, you shall be treated to my top three Shakespeare works, with many thanks to Shakespeare Online:

  1. The Sonnets: Initially, I was just going to point you to Sonnet 135, where Shakespeare has fun wordplay with his name, Will. Including, yes, that Will. But as I was scrolling down looking for the number, I saw the first line of Sonnet 130, and I remembered how much I liked that one too. Mostly, I’m a big fan of the Dark Lady sonnets…the last third or so. I like how Willy finally gained a sense of humor about love and relationships, which I greatly appreciate.
  2. Richard III: While I usually prefer the comedies, I will say that Richard III is hands down my favorite play. I first saw a production of it out at Hartford Stage, starring Richard Thomas. It was a bleak, leather, vynil, rusted metal setting, and Richard Thomas was positively terrifying. I loved it!
  3. The Taming of the Shrew: Funny how a great production will do wonders for your opinion of things… While I was in college in Ithaca, there was a great produciton of Shrew done at the Kitchen Theatre. This one was cross-cast, where the women’s roles were played by men, and the men’s roles were played by women. The effect was hilarious…as was the final monologue by Kate, done over the song, “Stand By Your Man.”

Have an idea for a Thursday Threesome? Leave a comment, and I’ll see what I can do!