The experience of watching Shakespearean theater is much different than it was in the Bard’s day, when audiences assembled in dirty, sweaty throngs and applauded in iambic pentameter. Clap in free verse with this GrouponLive deal to see a Michigan Shakespeare Festival performance at Michael Baughman Theatre. For $39, you get two tickets for orchestra-level seating (an $80 value). Choose from the following plays and performances:
- Wednesday, August 1, at 2 p.m.
- Friday, August 3, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, August 11, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, August 12, at 2 p.m.<p>
- Thursday, August 2, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, August 4, at 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, August 9, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, August 11, at 2 p.m.<p>
- Saturday, August 4, at 2 p.m.
- Sunday, August 5, at 2 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 8, at 2 p.m.
- Friday, August 10, at 7:30 p.m.<p>
The Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s 2012 season takes on a triumvirate of classic works, beginning with Richard III. Dissatisfied with his position as fourth in line to the throne, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, concocts a scheme of murder and manipulation to ensure his rise to power. As the villainy of his plan deepens, so does his connection with the audience, whom he casts as co-conspirators in his amoral ascension.
On a lighter note, Love’s Labour’s Lost, which is among the earliest of Shakespeare’s plays, presents the romantically comedic trials of the King of Navarre, the Princess of France, and their companions. Witty wordplay and clever allusions abound as the group pairs off, interspersed with the comedic story of a Spanish swordsman’s attempts to woo a country lass.
The company also stages George Bernard Shaw’s 1912 opus, Pygmalion. Noted as the inspiration for My Fair Lady, the play follows the attempts of phonetics professor Henry Higgins to transform Eliza Doolittle, a streetwise flower girl, into an upper-class lady. As the show progresses, the headstrong Doolittle proves more than a match for her tutor, challenging notions of class, independence, and the true meaning of “cockney.”
Michigan Shakespeare Festival
The youthful romanticism of Juliet. The raging jealousies of Othello. Richard III's outsized villainy. All are found in the pages of Shakespeare's works, and all are brought to vibrant new life at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, the official Shakespeare festival of the state. With characters so rich, it's not surprising that the company exclusively staged the Bard's works for 19 years. But, recognizing that Shakespeare's reach extended far beyond the end of his own quill, the Festival now showcases one piece from an additional playwright each season. But whether the curtain opens on a comedy or a tragedy, a dramatic history or a tender romance, the organization aims to move audiences with timeless stories.