Superlative Obscurity

Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona is relatively unknown and undone in comparison to his other plays. This even though the play features several Shakespearean superlatives: smallest cast (13 named characters), first appearance of a girl disguised as a boy, most occurrences of forms of the word “love” (225, with Romeo and Juliet a distant […]

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Help for Confused Ears

Ever sat through a production feeling as though if you could just figure out what some particular word meant (forsworn? enfranchise? vouchsafe?) you could make sense of about 85% of the play? Or maybe you’ve felt like Dull the Constable in Love’s Labour’s Lost, who, in response to the comment that he has “spoken no […]

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Stage Directions

During a rehearsal for Two Gentlemen of Verona, the actors became intrigued by the stage direction “exeunt” and its meaning. Research reveals that the word is a plural derived from the Latin of exire meaning “to go out” and is related to the more common singular word exit. The word is pronounced in three syllables: […]

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Casting Completed!

Casting is nearly complete for Summer Shakespeare’s 2009 production of Two Gentlemen of Verona. (We make the caveat of “nearly” because the part of Crab the dog is not yet finalized. More on canine negotiations in a future post.) See the Current Show page for full details. In case you ever wondered about how a […]

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Memories of Summer Shakespeare

In Henry VI, Part I, Richard Plantagenet tells listeners, “I’ll note you in my book of memory.” Of course, he goes on to remark that he is doing so only to threaten and excoriate them later with the recollection. Summer Shakespeare makes no such threats, but with the tenth anniversary of our troupe upon us, […]

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