All Nice and Tidy

Act V is a whirlwind of resolved plotlines that wasn’t so much satisfying as kind of irritating. Silvia makes her escape into the great, dark woods only to encounter every other character from the play and secure a happy ending for herself and all her friends. The whole thing was just too convenient and, IContinue reading “All Nice and Tidy”

Proteus is not fooling anyone

We begin Act IV in the woods between Milan and Verona. Valentine and his trusty man Speed are waylaid by a group of outlaws. Valentine tells the would-be robbers that he has no money because he was exiled by the Duke of Milan. When asked what his crime was, instead of telling them it wasContinue reading “Proteus is not fooling anyone”

Fickle Proteus

I will say this for ol’ Bill, his stories move fast. We go from a very simple setup in Act I to a fairly complicated plot in Act II. Valentine is revealed to be just as susceptible to love as the friend he derided at the start of the play. Proteus is proven to beContinue reading “Fickle Proteus”

Letters and sheep

I will admit, I was a bit nervous coming into The Two Gentlemen of Verona. I have not been much of a fan of Shakespeare’s comedies up to now, but if Act I is any indication of how the whole play will go, then I’m glad I’ve given Bill’s funny plays another shot. In fact,Continue reading “Letters and sheep”