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The Bard reigns at Bell Buckle festival

Sunday, June 12, 2011

What ho, varlet!

Man, I love this time of year. When else do I get to use words like "varlet?" Or hang out with Lane Davies and Jerry Winsett. Or spend waaay too much time in Bell Buckle ...

Strike that last one. Saying you spend too much time in Bell Buckle is a lot like saying you eat too much chocolate. Bwahahahahaha!

Aint' no such critter.

The Tennessee Shakespeare Festival is back for its fourth summer of the Bell Buckle Bard on the beautiful Webb School campus and this show may be the funniest one yet. They're doing "A Comedy of Errors" this year, and I can't tell you why it's going to be so funny because I know way too many spoilers. All I can say is when you get there, don't believe everything you see. Or read. Or hear.

Ben's helping out again, so he's going from Twelfth Night at the Ren Faire to "Comedy of Errors" at the Shakespeare Fest. He's going to walk into his first college class and say "Forsooth! Wherefore art the co-eds?"

I know every year I whine, beg, plea and demand and ask politely -- go see the show. Every year, I hear the same excuses.

1. "I don't understand Shakespeare."

2. "It's boring."

3. "It's hot and muggy and buggy."

Here are my answers:

1. It's really not hard to understand, especially this year's show, which is a farce and has more in common with the Three Stooges than Masterpiece Theater. Lots of slapstick, lots of mistaken identities. Lots of ... oops. Nope, almost let a spoiler out. But this year, there will also be lots of music and puppets. Really. (Read the article.)

2. Boring? See Three Stooges, puppets and farce references above. Not boring.

3. Hot and muggy, I can't help you with. It's Tennessee, it's outside, it's summer, get used to it. Around here you don't need to "Man up," you need to "Southern up."

As far as buggy, considering I'm still sporting war wounds from the Battle of Ticks and Chiggers I had at the Renaissance Festival, I have one word of advice. Bug spray.

Okay, that was two words, but the one word I wanted to use was a brand name and I'm not allowed to do that anymore. I get told OFF. (heh-heh-heh.)

Another reason you should go is because, to be completely honest, it's cheap.

I'm sorry. It's inexpensive. For less than the cost of a movie ticket -- even at matinee prices -- you get live action, a starry night (fingers crossed!) and a chance to meet the actors after the show. The movie theater may have AC and no chiggers, but the Tennessee Shakespeare festival has fun.

Face it -- the only other place you're going to find this much culture in one place for only $5 is in a cup of yogurt.

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