As You Like It

As You Like It by William Shakespeare
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

The pastoral comedy of love that is the play As You Like It, was overall alright. The intermix of songs, mostly for comedic effect, are for the most part alright. There are various couplings that happen throughout the play, though most are in someway connected with Rosalind who by far is the best character in the play. This is the best example (so far) of Shakespeare’s use of the English bar on actresses by having a young man play a woman who plays a young man, thus bringing about the fabulous character of Rosalind. Even with the oft-quoted, “All the world’s a stage” and the following monologue by Jaques, the language in the play doesn’t really stand out compared to previous plays. I’d be interested in seeing this play on stage or an onscreen adaptation.

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