Shakespeare in the Park With Pastoral Comedy As You Like It
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The last date listed for Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It was Sunday July 24, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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I enjoyed the performance and the setting -- went early, took a picnic and a bottle of wine and enjoyed a lovely Sacramento summer evening. The performance was very enjoyable, especially the lead actress. I know this festival has been around for 25 years and held in a public park, but I would like to see a little more attention to detail to the grounds (grass watered, mowed, trimmed), but it's a minor quibble.
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It was a cute little play. I thought the range of characters was interesting and the story is fun. There was a little bit of music and singing which I really thought was the coolest thing about the play and broke up the dialogue. I think the sound...continued
The heroine, Rosalind, is one of Shakespeare’s most inspiring characters and has more lines than any of Shakespeare’s female characters. Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke falls in love with Orlando the disinherited son of one of the duke’s friends. When she is banished from the court by her usurping uncle, Duke Frederick, Rosalind takes on the appearance of a boy calling herself Ganymede. She travels with her cousin Celia and the jester Touchstone to the Forest of Arden, where her father and his friends live in exile. Themes about life and love, including aging, the natural world, and death are included in the play. New friends are made and families are reunited. By the end of the play Ganymede, once again Rosalind, marries Orlando. Orlando and Rosalind, Oliver and Celia, Silvius and Phebe, and Touchstone and Audrey all are married in the final scene. Oliver becomes a gentler, kinder young man so the Duke changes his ways and turns to religion and so that the exiled Duke, father of Rosalind, can rule once again.