You're about to learn one of my deepest, darkest secrets. I've never shared it in this space before because I know what I'm about to say is considered heresy by most of my peers who enjoy theatre. But here goes...
I realize that this admission is probably not one I should make lightly (and I don't), and I may actually live to regret ever admitting it quite so boldly.
However, as artful and daring as The Bard was in creating virtually every story line ever imaginable in 16th and 17th Century England, the fact of the matter is that my ears rarely adjust to the tedious nature of the time's spoken word (many of which were created by Shakespeare himself). It becomes torture.
Yes, Shakespeare's themes may be universal, but no one speaks that way anymore, and if delivered poorly, as is too often the case, it's too much of a slog for me. So much so that the only show I've ever walked out of was a production of Antony And Cleopatra. (Boring!)
OK, so I know this is sacrilege to most theatre lovers, but it's my truth.
It is against this startling admission that I learned Lincoln Center would be mounting a revival of Shakespeare's Cymbeline, which was last seen on Broadway nearly 84 years ago...for 15 performances.
If there's any reason for me to be somewhat hopeful, it's because of the casting that includes Jonathan Cake, Michael Cerveris, John Cullum, Martha Plimpton and Phylicia Rashad. It certainly doesn't hurt that Mark Lamos will be directing.
Performances at the Vivian Beaumont begin on November 1 with opening night slated for December 2. Maybe, just maybe, I'll find myself riveted. But I'm not counting on it.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
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