Did you realize this was Shakespeare?
So I recently had the opportunity to see Shakespeare’s Pericles live on stage at the Ashland Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. I had never heard of it, didn’t know a thing about it, and totally enjoyed it!
Pericles is a weird one. Most of Shakespeare’s plays can be easily divided into three categories: Tragedies, Comedies and Histories. This is none of the above. It’s lumped in with histories, but it does not include any historical characters.
Pericles is an adventuring prince escaping the wrath of an evil king. He goes to sea and has several epic adventures, including getting a wife, having a child and apparently losing both. The story takes place over his entire adult life and is set in the time of Greek gods.
It was an enjoyable story and easy to get caught up in. Even Geek Spawn enjoyed it.
Some of the story is quite dark, including an incestuous relationship and a disturbing scene at a brothel. However, the production we saw handled both very tactfully and pulled away from the seriousness of the situation with some humorous side character performances. For example, the woman who ran the brothel was played by a man.
Overall, we liked the show and found it entertaining and interesting.
Have you seen this play? What did you think? Comment me!