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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Shakespeare meets...TRON?

Back in October my brothers and I drove down to Cedar City to see a couple of plays at the good ole' SUU Shakespeare Festival.

We saw Hamlet, and Les Miserables.

In case you were wondering...Les Miserables was not written by Shakespeare!!!
We overheard quite a few uncertain people debating this fact prior to the show's start. I wanted to laugh at them, but I was too disappointed in humanity.

FYI, The festival usually puts on other plays, in addition to the usual mix of Shakespeare...

Les Miserables was alright. This wasn't the best production I have seen, but it was decent. I think it could have benefited from a stronger cast. Many of the voices were fairly weak and lacked the proper range. Despite that, Les Mis is always a good musical to see. It is a very moving and powerful story. Seeing this production got me more excited for the feature film. (Which I still haven't seen, by the way!)

So Les Mis was just OK, but Hamlet was incredible! This was definitely the best version of Hamlet I have seen, and probably the best Shakespeare production I have ever seen!
The setting was modern formal. Picture a modern royal castle, where the people are in formal party attire like tuxedos, evening gowns, and formal military uniforms, where the castle guards carry modern rifles.

Everyone did an outstanding job! The acting was superb, the sets were great, even the special effects were cool! The delivery was done so well that the plot and dialog were easy to follow, even while keeping true to Shakespeare's text.
It was seriously like a really well done political espionage thriller! It was awesome!

One really cool thing about it was that when some of the more intense scenes would end, they would play some dramatic music during the transitions.

The music sounded really familiar to us, and we finally figured out that it was borrowed from the Tron: Legacy soundtrack! (One of the best soundtracks of all time.)  Specifically, they borrowed part of the track, "Recognizer".

Listen to the first minute of that track while thinking of the events of Hamlet, and you will get a feel for how cool this production was.

So Hamlet was by far the highlight of the trip...and breakfast...breakfast was definitely another highlight.
The place we stayed had an entire house separate from the hotel, devoted specifically to breakfast!
They had so much stuff! It was awesome.

Also, my brother told me one of the funniest jokes I've heard in a long time.

"How many hipsters does it take to screw in a light bulb?"
     I don't know...how many?
"It's a really obscure number...you probably haven't heard of it."

I LOL'd uncontrollably for several minutes after that one. :)