Shakespeare in the Park's “Love’s Labour’s Lost”

Friday, August 09, 2013

Rachel Dratch talks about starring in the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park musical production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” along with Michael Friedman, who wrote the songs. The King and his best friends decide at their five-year college reunion to swear off women, but when four cute, clever girls from their past show up, they’re forced to reconsider. “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” is playing at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park through August 18.


Rachel Dratch and Michael Friedman,

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Frank De Canio from Union City, NJ

I saw the musical. It's fun and the songs are clever and it was enjoyable and wonderfully put together. The cast was great and kudos to all. I saw the original play a few times and was impressed by its textual resonance and thought it funny enough, if only because of the arrogant presumptions of the would-be scholars. With my heart on the text I felt much was missing. Notwithstanding West Side Story being a masterpiece, and Verdi's Falstaff and Otello almost letting us forget the original, I didn't get the same feeling at the musical of Love's Labor's Lost. It felt more like an enjoyable sitcom that would have fared better with a similar but original script without reference to the Shakespeare play that begs comparison. Shakespeare is musical enough, substantial enough without getting a lyrical assist. But maybe could it be that the play is too slight for a musical adaptation that doesn't overwhelm it? In any case, I think one of the most enjoyable aspects of Shakespeare is - surprise! - his language and the parsing of his text. An exercise that is compromised by reducing its content to lead-ins to songs.

Aug. 09 2013 01:29 PM

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