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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.
Would you stand up in a crowded room and read allowed, into a microphone presumably, from your adolescent journal? That is what people will be doing during Mortified, a new addition to the 8th annual Massachusetts Poetry Festival, which returns to Salem this weekend, April 29 - May 1.
Admission is $20 and includes readings throughout the weekend, admission to the Small Press Fair, Headline Events, and the Slam on Saturday night (as well as Mortified on Friday night). Some of the events do have a capacity limit, so check the schedule for details and be sure to sign up for events that you don't want to miss (at least three events are already considered full as this post is being written, so please check the website).
Headliners this year include Sandra Beasley, Charles Simic, Mark Doty, Marie Howe, and Ocean Vuong.