We had a return trip to Post5 Theater, this time to see The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, abridged and revised. It is a play that has all entire Cannon performed, with parody, humor, and additions, in 95 minutes.
Very funny and, unlike Much Ado About Nothing, performed outside in the court yard.
The play ran for a decade in England, and as one reviewer noted, “IF YOU LIKE SHAKESPEARE, YOU’LL LOVE THIS SHOW. IF YOU HATE SHAKESPEARE YOU’LL LOVE THIS SHOW!” They had all caps, not me.
Although mostly performed with broad humor, there is a moment where the actor goes from parody and slides effortlessly into the soliloquy from Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act II, Scene 2.
What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world. The paragon of animals. And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me. No, nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so.
And does a short, moving, and perfect reading that, in the middle of the humor, reminded me of the beauty of the language in the hands of a skilled actor.
It would appears that they perform the play every season so we will be back.
Afterwards, it was back to Kay’s Bar because I really need to make my way through their cocktail menu.
Last time I had the Burnside Burrow, bourbon ginger beer and lime. This time it was the Boars nest, Mellow corn whiskey, allspice dram, house vanilla Cavendish tobacco (!) infused maple syrup,Peychaud’s bitters and lemon.
Perhaps the only time I willing tired tobacco. Second hand smoke? No thanks. Second handvanilla Cavendish tobacco infused maple syrup? Sign me up. Fantastic. I sometimes think the most creative food in Portland is behind the bar.
That’s two reasons to go to Sellwood. Good theater and good drinks.