23 July 2011

Much Ado About Philadelphia

That is from last night's performance of Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing' in Clark Park. Each year one Shakespearean play is performed, for free, at the park. Braving the heat, I took in what I believe to be one of Shakespeare's best comedies. How can you not like something that includes some thoughts on beards?
What should I do with him? dress him in my apparel
and make him my waiting-gentlewoman? He that hath a
beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no
beard is less than a man: and he that is more than
a youth is not for me, and he that is less than a
man, I am not for him: therefore, I will even take
sixpence in earnest of the bear-ward, and lead his
apes into hell.
There is no development link here (though I may be so bold to write a post this week that does in fact connect the play to development), rather an admiration for the arts in Philadelphia. One thing this city does exceptionally well is offer the opportunity to enjoy the arts for free throughout the year. Whether it is First Friday where all the art galleries stay open into the evening or it is free movies at Penn's Landing on Thursday night, Philadelphia has a lot going on that can be done on a low budget.

Better yet, it is taken in by people old and young. What struck me about last night was that the majority of people attending a Shakespearean play were in the 25 to 35 range.  I took my picture from a lower perspective in order to show the young crowd.  The heat may have played a role in who attended, but the arts are thriving among young people. As an avid fan of Shakespeare, it is encouraging to see more who appreciate the beauty of his language.

If anyone reads this and is in the Philadelphia area, you can see the play tonight and tomorrow night at 7PM. I highly recommend it as it is well acted and very funny.