So, the photo above is from the internet. Noelle and I had way better seats up front. Plus, we didn't have to brave the line. (They start giving out free tickets at 1 p.m., so people line up early in the morning. My mom did it when Leigh Ann was interning here in 2002.) The bank is the major sponsor, and Noelle knew who to ask for tickets. Score!
Justice, mercy and political corruptness are at the center of Shakespeare's dark comedy Measure for Measure. A corrupt governor offers the beautiful young nun, Isabella, a choice: her virtue or her brother's life.
The story quickly pulled me in. There was, however, much suspension of belief required to believe the handsome duke could "disguise himself" by pulling a friar's hood over his head and donning a pair of glasses. However, given the whole Superman/Clark Kent thing he had going on, (admittedly more of the latter in the photo above), I was game to play along.
Isabella, played by Danai Guria, was sensational. (My friend Page will remember her from the film "The Visitor," not sure if anyone besides us saw/loved it.) I almost got chills when she spoke this line, as she is being set up for a sort of Elizabethan-era sexual harassment:
O, it is excellent
To have a giant's strength; but it is tyrannous
To use it like a giant.
Perhaps my favorite line came from a long speech about the way we allow fear to hold us back: Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.
And I loved this one too: Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.
I left wanting more...and fortunately I'll get it, because I have tickets for "All's Well that Ends Well" on Monday!