I laughed so hard I cried. Seriously.
That was my mantra for days after seeing "Sh*tfaced Shakespeare" at CinemaSalem last month. Granted, my expectations were not high. I did not realize that I was holding a ticket to an international phenomenon (okay, maybe not phenomenon, but you get where I'm going with this). What began in London has spread it's iambic pentameter wings over to Somerville, and now we are lucky enough to have it in Salem not once, but twice.
If you aren't doing anything on Thursday, May 5, you should get tickets. You should go.
I smiled so hard my cheeks hurt.
Here's the premise: A small cast sets out to perform an abridged version of a Shakespeare classic, in this case it will be A Midsummer Night's Dream, and one of their members is drunk. Bombed. Smashed. The theatrical experience begins with the narrator showing the audience all of the empty, or half-empty, bottles that have been consumed. The chosen player is different for each performance, so, in theory, no two performances are the same.
It really was funny, and such a fun take on Shakespeare. Read more about it on CreativeSalem.com.
This is one performance in a new series of live entertainment on Thursday nights at CinemaSalem, so if Shakespeare under the influence isn't for you, please check out their full calendar. There are several musical and comedic options on the calendar, including You Have Died of Dysentery, which looks as intriguing as Shakespeare.