Ah, the world of Shakespeare. Ah, the good old Bard. These days we still find his classic works gracing the most noble stages. If you’re a connoisseur of the arts you’re probably no stranger to an evening of high-brow language that you understand about 60% of, and a show that lasts 4+ hours with death, after death, after bloody, drawn out, soliloquized death.  Yes. Shakespeare.

But let’s journey back to the roots of dear William’s labors. Back in his day, not only were gas prices MUCH lower and the kids weren’t walking around on their damn phones all day, but his plays were for the masses. Noble lords occupied the upper boxes, the gentry filled in the gallery seats and there was a pit in front of the stage where the low-class theater-goers (or “groundlings”) payed a penny to stand and watch the play, packed tightly together with upwards of 500 others. If they didn’t like it, they’d chime right in, or throw stuff at the actors. Ya know, the good old days. The shows were extremely popular, people would eat and drink throughout, and each performance could pull in an audience of up to 3000!

So what happened? When did Shakesy-Good-Times become overworked, precious “art” for the culturally elite?

Enter Shotspeare.

As described on their website, the show consists of “five sword-wielding actors, one lucky audience member, a ridiculous amount of booze & an entire work of Shakespeare all in an hour!” Just like the good old days!

Shotspeare brings accessibility and entertainment back to the Bard’s famous works in an irreverant display of delight and debauchery. They know the rules, and then they break them. As Jason Rohrer of stageandcinema.com reports, “these aren’t stupid drunks out for a good time; or, they’re not just that. They’re also talented and committed scholars demonstrating an understanding of the nature of storytelling.” And we here at the Frog are thrilled to see that the fabulous works of William Shakespeare are once again being brought “to the workingman, the poor student, the bachelorette, the scholar, the soccer mom and the barfly.”

Shotspeare has two performances of Romeo and Juliet coming up – TONIGHT April 17th and TOMORROW April 18th at 9pm! They’ll be dis-gracing the stage at Casita del Campo, 1920 Hyperion Ave. in Silverlake (90027) and you can get your tickets here! 

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Shakespeare responsibly, Froggies!

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