I teach Shakespeare classes in college, and I often take my smaller classes to performances at the Shakespeare Tavern. Not having pre-assigned seats can make the initial rush into the performance area a bit of a zebra push to the waterhole, and the cafeteria food-line can be a bit MacShakespeare. But the shows themselves are fun, and often are very well done. Comedies especially seem to work very well in this venue -- cast members stop, interact with the audience (much as they did in Will's time), and it's great fun -- students howl. I spend time each year at the Royal Shakespeare Company's performances in Stratford-upon-Avon, England -- and the performances at the Shakespeare Tavern -- while not, perhaps, attaining RSC stature -- can be a lot more fun. Comedies here, especially, are a great way to introduce young kids to the great man's plays.
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