We did not realize, though, how boring mealtime can be with only two people at the table. We don't feel the need to frugally budget to create an entire monthly meal calendar anymore, or discuss at length the weekly driving schedule of who needs to be driven where and picked up when and so forth. (I do still have to be stocked with instant meals for 20 or more people at anytime, though, so I haven't seen our food budget actually decline yet.) We find that we can actually have meaningful discussions on a broader range of topics or even break our standing house rule of never watching television during mealtime! The best fix for boring meals, however, is getting together with family and friends as often as possible.
At one such gathering last week, we decided to up and go on a spur of the moment get away. My husband and I and my sister and my father decided to go to Cedar City to see a play at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. I had never gone before and was delighted by the prospect. We booked our hotel and reserved some tickets for an evening play and also a tour the next day. We saw "A Comedy of Errors" presented in a replica of the Globe Theater in London. This theater was built in the style of the Elizabethan Age and was very similar in size and construction to what was used in Shakespeare's day. The house sat about 700 people and was arranged in such as way to have very good acoustics so that the actors did not need amplification to be heard. We sat in the balcony on the far left and still saw and heard everything perfectly.
The acting was superb and the sets and costumes were excellent. This production was unique in that the play was re-imagined in a new setting. The original play was set in the areas in and around ancient Greece. This production was set in San Francisco during the Gold Rush of 1849. The actors spoke the original Shakespearean text with a Southern (or Western) accent. I was surprised how well the situation comedy fit this new setting, and more amazed at how well the language adapted to the new dialect. The story itself played on such universal themes and situations, it is no surprise that it could hold up to a change of scene. But, who would have thunk to watch and hear Shakespeare performed with a Southern twang?
I whole-heartedly recommend visiting the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah. Visit http://bard.org now to get your tickets! I think I could get used to these spur of the moment get aways!