Now that you've read a bit about why Pericles might be the choice for you this summer, it's time to take a closer look at The Tempest, so you can make a fully informed decision! Maybe you're intrigued by the darkness of Pericles, but you're not sure you want to find a sitter for your kids. Or, you're a little new to Shakespeare and you're craving a story that you're a bit more familiar with. Have no fear: our 2018 season has a show for everyone! Here are three good reasons why you might want to see The Tempest this summer!
Why see The Tempest?
1. You love a good old 'Once Upon a Time'. While Prospera and Miranda might not get the attention that Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty do, The Tempest has all the elements of a classic fairy tale. Star crossed lovers, magical creatures, and a powerful sorceress bent on revenge. Things aren't always easy for the characters in The Tempest, but through it all, it remains a story of love and forgiveness with a satisfying 'happily ever after'.
2. You're dying for a good laugh! Want to spend a summer night full-belly laughing under a gorgeous setting sun? Then The Tempest is the show for you! Throughout the play, a brilliantly written side plot has the fantastic fools Stephano, Trinculo, and earthy island inhabitant Caliban wrapped up in a hilariously confused trio. You just might end up laughing every time they set their feet on the stage!
3. You believe that practice makes perfect. Did you know that The Tempest is the last of thirty-seven plays that Shakespeare wrote? If practice makes perfect, then The Tempest should be one of Shakespeare's best written pieces! Just think about it: he'd had 36 tries before he wrote this one, including masterpieces like Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet! So, The Tempest MUST be pretty phenomenal! But... you'll have to come see it for yourself if you want to form your own opinion on this!
BONUS REASON: The Tempest is family friendly, and children 12 and under are FREE!
Don't forget to check out the final list in this series next week: 'Why See BOTH Plays?'