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.
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!