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Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow.

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I am in Ashland for the Shakespeare Festival this week. I have seen two amazing performances so far. One starring the creepy psychiatrist from Silence of the Lambs. The other was an extremely bloody but completely awesome Macbeth. Apparently, tomorrow is also Talk Like Shakespeare Day in Chicago in honor of the famed bard’s birthday. Make your coworkers think you’ve gone a little off and pepper your conversation with lots of “thous” and “thines” and the occasional “get thee to a nunnery!” Click here for some cool videos(including Gillian’s Island does Hamlet?!Bizarre right?) and learn about phrases that were coined by Shakespeare including “Wild Goose Chase” and “Knock Knock. Who’s There?”

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Slings and Arrows

slingsI was thinking about the trip I am planning to take to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival shortly, and it made me remember one of my all time favorite series, Slings and Arrows. If you haven’t seen this I advise you get it as soon as possible, lock yourself in your house, turn off the phone, grab your favorite snacks and hit play.

This is a Canadian series that goes behind the scenes at a fictional Shakespeare Festival. It stars an actor I adore, Paul Gross, who you may remember(or not) from Due South and Mark McKinney from Kids in the Hall. Oh and just for the guys who may be reading this, Rachel McAdams, the hot girl from Wedding Crashers is in it too. Each season covers one production from start to finish, the first season is Hamlet and the last season is King Lear. Shakespeare fan or not, I think you will love this series.

Click here to watch a few minutes from Season 1.


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Not a Ren Faire.

mckellen1I was never a of Shakespeare until I moved to Oregon and got a chance to visit the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Contrary to what my friends think, it is not a Renaissance Fair and people are not wandering around in costume quoting Shakespeare to random tourists walking about. It’s also not all about Shakespeare, for several years the festival has highlighted August Wilson plays along with newer playwright’s works such as Jeff Whitty’s, Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler.

I bring this all up because tonight’s Great Performances on PBS features Sir Ian McKellen in King Lear. I will watch just about anything Magneto/Gandalf is in and so should you.