A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Written by Suzanne on July 16, 2008 – 1:25 pm -

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The Ophelia Theatre Group  will be performing Shakespeare’s comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this weekend at the Lake Elsinore Cultural Center, in CA.

Watching Shakespeare isn’t always as daunting as reading can be. For those of you afraid you can’t read Shakespeare or not yet into 17th century literature you can always turn to Cliff Notes. Not only do they have a Shakespeare for Dummies style to help you understand his amazing works, they have a Manga version for all you Manga lovers out there. Their ad says: Shakespeare Phobe? Get Over It! Get the Manga Editions Now! If the teenagers of today don’t get an A+ in English Lit with these types of resources, there’s no helping them.

Adaptation and interpretation can be seen as sincere forms of flattery. Shakespeare’s influence on pop culture and daily life is everywhere. Many frequently used phrases were coined by this brilliant playwright, such as: full circle, the world’s my oyster, and eaten out of house and home. To read more check out this article from National Geographic News.

I stumbled upon a great blog about Shakespeare. With many pop culture references it points out interesting connections, and the inspiration Shakespeare brings to modern day writings, and performances.

I wonder if Shakespeare would be flattered by all the ways his plays have been used. What do you think his take would be on this one?

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