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Juliet And Her Romeo's Most Lamentable Tragedy: Play Discussion at New Wave

Listen to a CD, watch a video (but forego "Romeo + Juliet", which basically ignores the actual text!); read it through a scene a day or straight through or just your favorite scenes. Just come out and prepare to enjoy the play with some who love the poetry, the foreshadowing, the humor, the still-living brilliance of imagery, metaphor, bawdy, and the compelling inability to definitely agree on some of the character's motives, or whether they are virtuous or villains (such as the Nurse). 

Bring your text and be prepared to open it and bring examples of what you would like to talk about, and read out loud. There's a part in it for everyone, and we need you to play your part!

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  • Paul G.

    Thanks everyone for making the Meetup - for your enthusiasms (excess is fine!), interests, and very good wills. Appreciated also is your okay on trying this venue again - I rather fancy the space. Next month for Measure For Measure we'll meet earlier, in the afternoon on a Sunday, so the music interference shouldn't be an issue. Hope to see you again, soon, as you can.

    1 · September 26, 2014

  • Randy S

    Great group!

    2 · September 26, 2014

  • Paul G.

    Okay, Lovers!
    Grab your visors, come to the ball tonight -
    Or we'll say Queen Mab hath been with you!

    Any last questions on directions or whatnot - I'll check back in in a few hours.

    September 25, 2014

  • Paul G.

    Read last night how opposite of RJ, and perhaps more author-revealing, is Troilus and Cressida. Gee, now I wish I had scheduled that one for next month. Who wants to do this one in Feb. (when I was considering Othello), or schedule an additional Meetup for T & C?

    September 20, 2014

    • Laurel G.

      I would like to see T&C and hear how this is the R&J opposite.

      1 · September 21, 2014

    • Paul G.

      T&C is on for Feb - the Valentine Day month! Earlier this year we started the New Group with Much Ado About Nothing during Fed, '14. This coming Feb will sound more like that manifesto, Against Love: A Manifesto.

      1 · September 22, 2014

  • Katy

    Have a previous commitment-- hope to catch you next time!

    September 20, 2014

  • Paul G.

    3.2: Juliet's storm of emotional range - very hard scene for a Juliet![masked]: Friar L's scene of extremes: slithery rhetoric to try and excuse himself while appearing humble (but 308: "some punished" - I think the Prince won't ultimately buy it), and amazing economy of summary! I mean, if anyone wants to read the crib from Act 2 - onward, just look over ll. [masked]

    September 19, 2014

  • Ken

    Want to come, but forgot it is the Jewish new year. Next time

    September 18, 2014

  • Paul G.

    "Even or odd, of all days in the year,
    Come Lammas-eve at night shall she be fourteen."

    How many change of subjects do you find in this speech? "Nay, I do bear a brain:--but, as I said..."
    A great piece to memorize and get fluid in speaking!

    "Shake quoth the dove-house: 'twas no need, I trow,
    To bid me trudge:"

    How Shake could trudge on and be quoting!

    September 17, 2014

  • Paul G.

    Can I go forward when my heart is here?
    Turn back, dull earth, and find thy centre out.

    Here I picture Romeo stretching out his compass arms, turning his face toward the right hand where points Magnetic North, and slowly turn the whole body as in ballet till he signify Juliet's balcony. Ah! reading, we might over time direct the perfect play.

    September 15, 2014

  • Paul G.

    Anyone near 2900 N Southport tonight who hankering after some sexy evil hunchback, and want to meet for R3 at the Athenaeum's Studio Three - an idea, if you're celebrating Patriot's Day and have off tomorrow:

    September 11, 2014

  • Paul G.

    btw, the Muse of Fire's Evanston performance was pretty darn good. The nurse paused just before saying "talked withal" in 1.5, indicating that she witnessed him smooching her Juliet - and many other signs of the players realizing the script. Mercutio was shown spoiling for a fight and the female Tybalt not so much. A servant sighed and went to sit out the Queen Mab speech, indicating he's heard it too many times already. Nurse was too young, but garrulous and played out the return-from-Romeo in 2.5 very well - actually looking tired! And so it went. A very fast two hours with no intermission.

    September 10, 2014

  • Paul G.
    Heading out to see R&J in Evanston. Anyone want to hook up while there call me on cell: 708.654.9241. If I don't answer right away I'm on the bike getting there.

    September 6, 2014

  • Paul G.

    Live Theater: Romeo and Juliet! See notes below.

    August 31, 2014

  • Paul G.
    Sept 6th or 7th, 3 PM at Ingraham Park, Evanston, about 7 blocks due West of Northwestern U's campus. Outdoor, FREE, and Chicago Reader Recommended. "Not to be missed," it's said to be reviewed.
    I'll watch for the weather and go Sat. if Sunday doesn't bode well. Anyone want to meet me there?

    August 31, 2014

  • Paul G.

    Romeo's "mind misgives" [masked]).
    Compare with Hamlet's "gaingiving" in[masked]-212.
    One early, the other late in the play. Both irrationally trust to their fate, and forge on: Romeo to Love, Hamlet to that which notes the "fall of a sparrow."
    Augury coming from the human heart, compared to almanac or nature's signs that priests interpret. This seems closer to Shakespeare's belief.

    1 · August 30, 2014

  • Paul G.
    From 1:10 - 2:00 are a few lines from the "Balcony Scene" that sing the verse in a new way. Ah! the bottomless nature of Shakespeare's words!

    August 30, 2014

  • Paul G.
    FYI, there's a 10 week free online course that covers about 8 of the plays. Starts Sept 29th
    Week 2: The Merry Wives of Windsor

    Week 3: A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Week 4: Henry V

    Week 5: The Merchant of Venice

    Week 6: Macbeth

    Week 7: Othello

    Week 8: Antony & Cleopatra

    Week 9: The Tempest

    August 29, 2014

  • Paul G.

    Mark! We missed you more than we knew. No, I cannot say we delved too deep into artistic deep-reading gems, but rather read scenes, and afterward I felt a bit remiss for not polling our responses to them. Nor did we offer much in the way (that I recall) of burning questions. Not that there's anything wrong with enjoying some tripping iambic pentameter! Balance of inquiry, admiration, quibbling, harmony & contention makes for a remarkable meetup - and here's hoping for them every sweet swing of Dame Fortuna's long arm.

    August 29, 2014

  • Paul G.

    We really do like, and look to hear Juliet speaking.
    Even here, we can see that her suit from Paris lacks promise:
    Speak briefly, can you like of Paris' love?
    I'll look to like, if looking liking move:
    But no more deep will I endart mine eye
    Than your consent gives strength to make it fly.

    August 28, 2014

  • Laurel G.

    This will be my first Shakespeare meet-up. I'm looking forward to it!

    2 · August 25, 2014

  • Paul G.

    So far we'll keep the date to the 25th, but note that the meetup locale is changed - Logan Square, folks!

    August 25, 2014

  • stephanie

    wednesday is ok with me.

    August 14, 2014

    • Paul G.

      Thanks, Stephanie.

      August 14, 2014

  • Paul G.

    Oops - yeah, Thursday is a show night for you. Crap. Stephanie, Mark - what would you say to meeting on Wednesday, Sept 23? I would like to do Antony and Cleopatra in Oct or November (Measure For Measure on either of those months). Give me some feedback. I chose Thursday because I'm off work Friday the 26th.

    August 14, 2014

  • Shawna M.

    My show will still be running. Crossing my fingers that I can join you all in October!

    August 14, 2014

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