Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Bardy Bunch

We join the Bradys and the Partridges in 1974 just after the ABC Network ceased airing their chronicles. No longer under America’s watchful eye, the two families meet on a collision course in a blood-soaked, vengeance-fueled, lust-filled crossover episode of Shakespearean proportions. THE BARDY BUNCH is a mash-up of a dozen Shakespeare plays set in the 1970s that star the two classic TV families. The New York Times deems this show as “irresistible.” The production will make audiences fall in love with the Bradys and Partridges all over again!
This just showed up in my inbox, I'm just not quite sure what to do with it :).  When something calls itself anything "of Shakespearean proportions" I roll my eyes and reach for the "Next" button - but this show is also calling itself "a mash-up of a dozen shakespeare plays set it the 1970s", and that's got my interest.  The problem is that I can't find a single reference to what those plays might be, or how they integrate with the plot?

What do we think?  Anybody in the neighborhood familiar with this group, or going to go check it out?

The Bardy Bunch

UPDATE!  I asked for more detail about the Shakespeare connections and got back, "The show makes comparisons of the characters of the families to famous Shakespeare characters. For instance Marcia Brady is Juliet and Keith Partridge is Romeo."

Which makes me happy, because we all remember how much Marcia wanted to play Juliet!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Challenge : Non-Shakespeare Shakespeare Movies?

At lunch today we were discussing movies.  Which led to Star Trek.  Which led to a discussion of Star Trek VI, which led to a discussion of Shakespeare movie references.  Ok, I may have been driving the discussion in that direction. :)

Here's the question I was asked: What movie, that is not fundamentally a movie about Shakespeare, contains the highest amount of Shakespeare references?

Star Trek VI, of course, would be a good example.  Shakespeare in Love would not.

What do we think?

EDIT : I wasn't very clear by "references," I meant "actual quotes."  Not just plot lines or character names.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Singles Nights At The Folger!

Hey!  You there, in the Washington DC area!  Got any plans?  Starting today, single tickets to the Folger Shakespeare Library performances are now available for sale!  Everybody knows that the best way to see more shows for less money is to scoop up those single tickets. (Take it from me, I'm a Red Sox fan, I know a little something about trying to make tickets affordable.)

Bring a date, fine! Go out for drinks before or dinner after - but at the door, give him his ticket and say, "See you at the end of Act V."

Don't have a date?  Maybe the person sitting next to you doesn't either, if you know what I'm saying.



*(elbow, because Shakespeare is the first documented instance of its use as a verb)*

*say no more*