Monday, October 20, 2008
To Be or Not To Be Shakespeare?
The Canadian TV series "Slings & Arrows" was not just a wry, literate comedy about a fictional Shakespearean festival--it was also the centerpiece of an educational program about Shakespeare. Who better to "teach" Shakespeare than actors and directors who are supposedly trying to discover and convey the meaning of his Hamlet as the series goes on? The series (available on DVD) is backstage fun with the twist that we learn a lot about the plays as we follow the characters through all kinds of plot twists. Now that's an interesting way to market Shakespeare to the masses.